2012 CIO Survival Guide: Where Do We Go From Here?

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

Well, so much for 2011 being the year of recovery. For CIOs who survived this past year, congratulations! The good news is that except for the Occupy Wall Street Movement, a presidential election, another potential U.S. credit rating downgrade, an out-of-control debt crisis, EU bankruptcies and the ominous December 21, 2012 prophecies, the year should be much like the last.

Some, all or none of the above, however, may impact your success as a CIO. So what trends are likely to impact your organization from an IT perspective? What strategies and actions will yield the best outcomes for CIOs and their companies?

To be sure, much of what 2012 holds in store for CIOs will center on their budgets. Last year, Gartner Group forecasts that worldwide IT spending will rise about 3 percent in 2011 and that for most IT spending is more than a year away from returning to pre-recession levels. So what do the Gartner pundits forecast for 2012? Overall, IT spending levels should be the same based on the latest Gartner estimates with one big exception: India. According to Gartner, India will spend about $79.8 billion on IT, an increase of about 9.1 percent--double the rate of the rest of the world.

With the exception of India, it looks like IT spending growth will be anemic once again. However, that doesn’t mean that the IT game isn’t changing as rapidly as ever. More …

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