We know that IT is changing, but do we know by how much? CIO Insight recently looked ahead to 2020 with data collected from A.T. Kearney from more than 150 CIOs. Not surprisingly, there are huge changes on the horizon.
According to the research, “85 percent of CIOs are seeing IT requirements increase significantly, with more support needed for apps that enable multiple channels, including mobile.” Here are just a few key insights from the research findings that could affect IT projects and spending in future years:
Data analytics will become a top priority.
More than two-thirds of companies plan to invest in customer relations tools.
Companies will need to balance advanced solutions with standardized packages.
Nearly 75 percent of respondents indicated that time-to-market is a key performance indicator.
Accelerating the pace
When I moderated the Intel IT Center Webinar on mobility, the need to customize, simplify, and standardize became clear as objectives to accelerate the pace of innovation. In the midst of these challenges, the Intel IT team articulated a responsibility and a new approach to enable both personal productivity (solution choice) and business productivity (enterprise standards) across an expanding set of devices and operating systems.
Cloud is key
And to enable this flexibility, cloud computing investments are equally important—cloud technologies are evolving as fast as devices are. By 2015, Intel expects more than 3 billion connected users and 15 billion connected devices will be driving more than 1,500 exabytes of cloud traffic. To succeed in this new future of IT, CIOs must move quickly to adopt flexible cloud solutions and SaaS-based models for even greater standardization and customization.
The success of any organization going forward will depend on the use of innovative technologies to meet business needs in less time. And from my perspective, meeting business needs starts with true collaboration. It’s even listed as the first of five qualities of an effective CIO in a recent blog from CIO Insight.
Do you agree that collaboration is key to business success? What planning tips do you have for preparing for the future of IT?