Top 5 forces that drive CIO priorities in 2013

I read with great interest an HP newsletter titled “Collaborate to maximize business value from strategic information, featuring Gartner research.”  which issues specific calls to action to CIOs, based on the Strategic Information Management needs of the enterprise.  I was intrigued to see the similarities between the CIO priorities outlined in this newsletter and those highlighted in a paper recently published by IDG Research: Clouds, business issues and time management dominate the CIO’s world in 2013.

There is a striking resemblance between the CIO priorities outlined from two different perspectives — cloud and information management.

I would re-categorize these priorities across five forces: business, customers, innovation, finance and governance.

5 forces that drive CIO priorities in 2013


  • IDG Research: CIOs are shifting their attention from technical matters to business issues.
  • HP Newsletter: CIOs must practice deflecting requests for technology into discussions of the change.

This is not surprising. The decision to deploy solutions in the Cloud has always been driven by the business needs of the enterprise. But CIOs still need to extend this pattern when addressing technical requests by first determining underlying, business-driven root cause of the request.


  • IDG Research: Cloud computing is breeding a new generation of customer-focused CIOs.
  • HP Newsletter: CIOs should have a high-level, five-year information outlook.

Shareholders (read: customers) are driving IT to the Cloud. At the same time, enterprises need to be at least as social as their customers. Customers are using social media channels and providing brontobytes of data. There is no doubt this data will impact the information outlook for the enterprise.


  • IDG Research: IT executives continue to have insufficient time for innovation
  • HP Newsletter: CIOs work with their internal IT team to identify, create staff for, and train information-focused job roles.

CIOs need to take steps today to innovate the planet for 2020. IDG Research finds that IT executives have insufficient time for innovation. HP Newsletter calls for CIOs to revitalize the skills of the IT staff. How about starting by having the sexiest job of the 21st Century?


IDG Research states that IT leaders increasingly share budget control with their business counterparts. Business units have IT options today that did not exist in the past. As I mentioned in the IDG Research paper as one of the interviewees, “CIOs are no longer the sole driver of IT.” To achieve long-term value CIOs must have the mechanisms in place to assess their Return on Information.


In the past, I’ve explained how we can build upon SOA Governance to realize Cloud Governance, but let’s not forget the need for governing data. Governance is vital for the most valuable asset in the enterprise—information! This is echoed in the HP Newsletter, which issues a call to action for the CIO to evolve an Information Governance model.

Finally, focusing on these priorities—from these perspectives—will ensure that CIOs have a viable strategy when transforming the right way to the Cloud while informationalizing the data to realize the big picture.

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