CIOs in North America Report Rising Budgets in 2014
On a budgetary level, CIOs in North America report an IT budget increase of 1.8 percent for 2014, a Gartner report revealed.There are considerable differences in the priorities of CIOs depending on the region, with North American CIOs concerned more with agility and less concerned with sourcing strategies, a survey by IT analytics firm Gartner revealed. The worldwide survey of 2,339 CIOs was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing more than $300 billion in CIO IT budgets in 77 countries, and indicated issues experienced by CIOs are far from universal and real differences exist at both a regional and country level. On a budgetary level, CIOs in North America report an IT budget increase of 1.8 percent for 2014. This means North American CIOs may have more room to maneuver than their counterparts in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) region, where the average IT budget is down 2.4 percent. "The CIO survey results clearly show that as digital opportunities and threats pervade every aspect of business and government, the IT and digital agenda for each country, industry and enterprise is becoming more unique," Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow, said in a statement. "The way businesses and public-sector agencies use information and digital technologies is getting more entwined with their economic, regulatory and competitive contexts, as well as with the state of their business and digital maturity. Just as our businesses are unique, our digital footprints are becoming all the more unique."
In the use of the cloud, North American CIOs have a slightly larger focus on agility than their global counterparts and a slightly larger use of software as a service (SaaS), as opposed to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS).