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10 Top CIO Priorities: The Reality Vs. The Ideal

CIOs are charged with both support and business functions, which means juggling a variety of priorities. However, those priorities don't always match up with where IT leaders would necessarily focus their energies if given a choice. Recent survey results illustrate the disconnect.
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CIOs are being pulled in multiple directions these days. They are tasked with driving business goals and transformation in the face of fast-paced change. It's no longer enough to simply "keep the lights on," an increasingly difficult task, given that everything from consumerization to mobile initiatives is demanding the attention of IT departments. To navigate those obstacles, CIOs need a roadmap. What better place to get it than from peers? The results of Deloitte's "2015 Global CIO Survey" provides a source of insight into how tech leaders are prioritizing their time.

Deloitte surveyed 1,271 CIOs, or equivalents with titles that included CTO, chief digital officer, etc. (22% held a title other than CIO) from 43 countries. Three-quarters of those surveyed work for companies with more than 1,000 employees. The survey asked a variety of questions about business priorities, leadership and talent, relationships, and investment priorities, but the two questions we'll be focusing on here are: "What will be your organization's top three technology priorities for the next 12 months?" and "Where would you like your IT organization to focus in the ideal state?" Respondents were asked to choose up to three answers on the list.

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The noticeable differences between the results of those two questions is very telling. It appears to a certain degree that CIOs are likely being pulled away by business realities, budget, senior leadership, economics, and other factors from a focus on what they deem higher priorities.

We'll countdown respondents' top 10 technology priorities and show you how those priorities compare to what they said those priorities would be in an "ideal state." Hopefully, you are one of the lucky tech leaders who can follow your ideal priorities. If not, you can see how your peers are also being diverted, and in which directions.

Take a look at the list and see how it compares to your priorities. Then tell us in the comments what challenges you see the most when it comes to setting and maintaining priorities.

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David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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