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Last year, Logicalis conducted a global survey to examine CIO pressures and priorities. Our research revealed the relationship between businesses and IT was changing rapidly as a result of the global financial crisis as well as other cost and competitive pressures.

Line-of-business managers were also beginning to take more direct control of IT decisions, promoting the trend toward “shadow IT.” More than half of the CIOs surveyed said they were spending at least 70 percent of their time on day-to-day management as opposed to strategic planning.

CIOs also indicated they didn’t like the way things were going; their top priority was streamlining and optimizing existing technology infrastructures, which in many cases meant using managed services more efficiently to free their time for more strategic work in areas of growing importance like mobility and big data. The survey also showed a common theme: IT leaders were actively looking for ways to drive a services-led IT transformation to close the gap between business expectations and IT delivery capacity and capability.

So now we would like to know: Did they succeed? How have things changed a year later?

To find out, we are conducting another survey of IT leaders, and there’s still time for you to participate. The new global survey will be available online until October 7th, and CIOs and other top IT leaders are invited to participate. Results will be available for download from the Logicalis US web site at in late 2014.

We would really like to hear what you have to say. And in the meantime, you can see an informative infographic summing up last year’s survey results and download a copy of the report, “Embracing a New IT Reality,” at