A shift to lightweight, modular, scalable technologies is "exciting" for CIOs and CFOs, Aaron says, because it lets them adjust costs and resources quickly as needed -- a major shift from IT's history of investing large sums and lots of labor in large technology projects before seeing if they delivered the expected value, and being stuck with the ongoing high costs of maintenance whether or not the expected value was achieved. Of course, the lightweight, modular technologies bring their own challenges, such as integration, information security, and management, which IT is still figuring out, he notes.
The survey also finds a shift in CIOs' attention from an IT focus to a shared focus on business and IT strategy, especially in large businesses, Aaron says. In the last year, "CIOs have gotten better at helping executives see the difference" between IT strategy and the use of IT to further business strategy, he notes. Those CIOs who continue to focus on just IT strategy in isolation from the business will find that their mandate will become "all about cost-cutting."
This article, "2010 CIO priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualization," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com.