1Maintenance Burden Keeps IT From Demonstrating Innovation Capabilities
All too often skilled IT department professionals are primarily perceived as a “maintenance squad” for critical infrastructure and systems, according to a recent survey from Ivanti. The resulting report, titled “The CIO’s Conundrum,” reveals that relatively few organizations view IT as a go-too resources for high-priority digital business initiatives or top-level strategic innovation. If this dynamic changes, however, tech teams should be up to the task, as enterprise IT organizations considered either “strong” or “excellent” when it comes to initiating tech projects to drive innovation. More than 300 global CIOs and IT decision-makers took part in the research. The following slideshow presents highlights from the survey, with charts provided courtesy of Ivanti, which produces IT management software.
2IT’s Top Priority: Infrastructure Maintenance
3Agile Business Processes Sought
4Reduced Focus for New Tech Initiatives
5Tech Budgets Positioned for Growth
6IT Spending Decisions Emerge as Enterprise-Wide Efforts
7Retention Remains Steady
8Companies Focused on New Cloud Infrastructure, Services
New cloud infrastructure and services leads all tech investment plans over the next two years, as cited by 53 percent of respondents. Improved analytics ranks second, as cited by 46 percent, followed by the maintenance and modernization of existing infrastructure and services, which was cited by 39 percent.
9Budget Boost Expected for Identity-Based Security Controls
Identity-based security controls also ranked high among tech investment plans for the next two years, as cited by 38 percent of respondents. This was followed by compliance-related processes and tech improvements (as cited by 37 percent of respondents); emerging tech experimentation (36 percent); traditional security controls (31 percent); and cost-related controls (29 percent).
10IT Gets High Marks for Threat Remediation
Three-quarters of respondents describe their IT department’s ability to quickly remediate after a breach or malware infection as either “strong” or “excellent.” Seven of 10 describe their IT department’s ability to meet internal governance and regulatory compliance standards as either “strong” or “excellent.”
11Tech Staffers Rise to Innovation Challenges
Two-thirds of respondents said their IT staffers are either “strong” or “excellent” at identifying and recommending technologies and projects to drive innovation. About the same portion gave similarly high appraisals of their staffers’ ability to act as a partner to business leaders and support top-line business objectives.