Over the past few months, various economic indicators have been pointing in the same direction-toward good news. Confidence indexes, stock markets, growth in the gross domestic product, earnings reports, venture-capital investments, IPOs: Together they scream recovery and growth. Severe cost-cutting is subsiding, but the optimization of people, processes, and technologies will continue indefinitely. Nevertheless, the road ahead is exciting, refreshing, and incredibly fascinating.
With all of the warnings last year by smart business leaders to "innovate or stagnate" and "position yourself for the turnaround," now is the time to watch the leaders separate from the laggards. In this special issue, we focus on the former. On the following pages, you'll find insight, perspective, and strategies from business executives-builders and buyers-across multiple industries.
There's a healthy dose of optimism (mixed with discipline) and a pervasive belief that business technology can change the rules of competition and collaboration. And while all may agree that technology remains a significant differentiator in business, our business leaders share many different opinions and strategies on global initiatives, offshore outsourcing, and emerging technologies.
"The vast potential of technology to bring social and economic progress has never been greater," says Carly Fiorina. "A decade from now, we're either going to be able to tell a glorious story of empowerment and opportunity, or we're going to look back on missed opportunities and talk about what might have been."
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.