CIO Magazine April issue polled CIO’s for their 2010 investment priorities.
Guess what is the leading initiative? You guessed it, Cloud Computing, followed by mobile applications and infrastructure, server virtualization, and content/document management.
Close runner ups are security, CRM, video conferencing, business intelligence, BPM, data management, and SOA.
I was surprised not to see data storage, but suspect it’s been categorically absorbed by Cloud computing and Server virtualization.
Despite the improving economy, I guess Service Desk Management, Asset Management, Software development management, Asset Management, portfolio management, change management, configuration management … and all things management are not sufficiently tied to ROI. Their longer term value is not worth the effort or exposure for IT leaders to ask for $ from their business peers.
ROI associated with cost containment received equal priority to the other ROI driver: innovation.
You may want to incorporate this survey’s results when making your career decisions.
I would be curious what your customers are telling you about their investment priorities, let’s compare notes.