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Gartner Predicts "Zero-Budget" CIO

Magazine article Information Management

Gartner Predicts "Zero-Budget" CIO

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Gartner research and advisory firm recently warned that unless CIOs achieve the same recognition as other executive leaders, businesses will lose control of their IT strategy and fail to achieve the fusion between business and IT strategies that is essential in the connected economy.

"The CIO is facing a real prospect of becoming a 'zero-budget CIO' by the end of the decade," said John Mahoney, Gartner vice president and research director, speaking at Gartner's Spring Symposium in Florence, Italy. "This does not reflect a decrease in stature, it reflects irreversible changes in the business environment which the CIO must meet head on."

According to Gartner, CIOs are facing growing pressures. As businesses increasingly realize they must focus on core capabilities, there are corresponding changes in the way companies acquire capabilities and resources. Gartner said that less than 15 percent of business process outsourcing contracts - one of the fastest-growing parts of the services sector - are signed by CIOs. At the same time, CIOs have faced some loss of confidence from the business in IT's ability to deliver business benefits. Gartner said CIOs urgently need to build credibility for themselves and their departments.

"The challenge for CIOs is to define and deliver a sustainable value proposition from the IT organization to the enterprise in an environment with increasing turbulence in technology, business and the economy," Mahoney said. "That value will center more on leadership and service integration and less on creation of technology. …

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