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Irish CIOs now see brighter future

Tuesday, October 09 10:27:12

Irish CIOs (Chief Information Officers) are far more upbeat about their businesses and are now much more focussed on growth with the prospect of more recruitment, a new survey from Deloitte shows today.

Enabling accelerated business change and growth is now the top priority among Irish CIOs, according to the findings of the fourth annual CIO survey by Deloitte.

The findings also show that there has been a vast improvement in CIO perception of IT/business alignment. Seven out of ten CIOs now rate alignment as either good or excellent - a significant improvement on last year when only one in five CIOs rated alignment as good or excellent.

In terms of recruitment, 44pc of CIOs indicated that they are currently recruiting for IT staff. However, of those that are recruiting, 84pc of respondents indicated that they are struggling to fill both graduate and experienced hire positions.

Continuing on from last year's trend, the survey findings show that CIOs are increasingly optimistic with regards to IT budgets. While just over a quarter of respondents expect a budget decrease in 2013, 42pc are predicting an increase. This time last year, 45pc of respondents predicted a decrease in their 2012 budget.

IT cost reduction, which was a key priority for CIOs in previous years, now falls not only behind business change but also security and compliance. Other areas which have fallen down the list of priorities include legacy systems replacement, IT portfolio management and desktop virtualisation. CIOs indicated that enterprise mobile and cloud computing are growing in importance in terms of their priorities.

"This is the greatest sea change in priorities that we have seen since the survey began. The shift in priorities and improvement in business alignment reflects a growing recognition of the important role that IT can play in business change and growth. Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that CIOs have indicated that expected increases in budgets will be used to support the change and growth agendas. The increase in IT budgets coupled with better IT/business alignment and the emergence of new technologies are leading to the digital transformation of organisations. CIOs must continue to push innovative and emerging solutions including enterprise mobile and data analytics to ensure IT departments have a place in leading this transformation," said Harry Goddard, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte.

The survey found that 60pc of CIOs indicated that their organisation has developed mobile applications in the last year, an increase of 20pc on 2011.

In 2010, just 38pc of CIOs indicated that they made use of social media. In 2012, this figure has risen to 73pc.

Last year's survey found that adoption of cloud computing was relatively low. This year, 54pc of respondents indicated that they now use cloud computing within their organisation, up from 38pc in 2011. 77pc of respondents stated that the decision to adopt cloud based services was IT driven.