CIO UK, in association with Intel, gathered the views of more than 150 IT executives in the UK to understand their management, technology and business priorities for 2013. To learn more about the 2013 CIO Priorities survey, visit here.
48% of organisational transformation has been driven by data analytics. Customer behaviour and internal pressures from employees have been contributing factors.
But while data analytics has driven the most transformation at companies with more than 500 employees, at smaller organisations mobile has been the biggest factor.
The deployment of cloud-based technologies will be a key area to lead transformation across most industry sectors during 2013.
The survey revealed that this 'big shift' will be primarily driven by the education, government and defence sectors where 22% expected the cloud to be the biggest transformation driver, up from 0% in 2012. This could be due to the fact that cloud technologies have matured further and reached a level of security that is sufficient to the public sector at a practical deployment cost.
More than half of CIOs stated that their top business priority for 2013 is increasing efficiency at their organisation.
This will be achieved through the implementation of data analytics and/or cloud technologies.
Reduction of costs was the second highest ranked priority as organisations felt pressurised to ‘do more, with less’.
Digital technologies have come of age with CIOs keen to prioritise heavily around mobile devices, applications and cloud-based services.
Previously, the main business benefits cited for adopting a mobile strategy was increased productivity and enabling business growth. However, this year customer behaviour will have more influence on mobile strategies rather than internal demands.
Three in five CIOs stated that they have a clear strategy in place for the forthcoming year. Interestingly, 80% of finance and health organisations already have a mobility strategy in place.
62% of organisations clearly favour smartphones and tablets as enterprise devices.
However, the survey indicated that although ultrabooks and light mobile PCs have been slow to take off since their launch, there will be an uptake in large businesses during 2013. In the media and entertainment industries they will overtake tablets as a work device.
109 of the 159 CIOs said that their 2013 budget will either remain the same or decrease, which correlates with their overall business priorities.
This could explain why there is an increased interest in cloud technologies, and further use of data analytics.
The public sector will be most affected, with 46% facing hefty cuts.
The transport industry will experience the largest proportion of budget increases with 64% stating that their budget will increase.
Although the retail sector has been holding back on IT investments in recent years, 58% of respondents indicated that their companies are now freeing up capital to invest in business technology. This places retail second in increased budget spending ahead of the health industry, where 46% expected their budgets to increase this year.
The survey showed there is a stark contrast in the proportion of budgets allocated to IT and business technology between small and large companies and across industries.
While organisations of 250-499 employees spent an average of 6% of their turnover on IT, larger companies spent almost double that.
54% of CIOs see cloud and data management technologies as their leading spending priorities over the coming year to meet the demand for business.
However, 70% expect to cut their spend significantly on hardware and infrastructure as organisations turn to external providers.