Guest author: Ed Konopasek, VP, Cloud and Data Center Solutions

The IT department has recently been in the spotlight as it works to reshape itself to provide more direct business value. New research shows that this heightened focus is paying off. The report from global consulting firm Protiviti shows that 63% of CIOs and IT professionals are noticing a “major IT transformation” happening in their organizations, as IT works to deliver more business value and tighten security measures. The respondents also noted a significant shift in IT’s activities, away from supportive activities (“keeping the lights on”) to become a key part of major business decisions.

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More takeaways:

  • Topics related to cybersecurity and managing data privacy consistently were ranked among the highest priorities by respondents
  • Another top priority was managing and securing ever-growing amounts of data, a process that will likely continue to grow in prominence
  • Interestingly, adding business value was ranked a higher priority than securing company data, perhaps reflecting a growing view that data security and business planning should go hand-in-hand
  • Respondents also ranked monitoring IT costs as a very high priority, reflecting the continued efforts to control IT spending against growing data and computing needs

What’s the top priority in your IT organization this year?