CIO concerns:  It all depends on where you sit

CIO concerns: It all depends on where you sit

Public-sector CIOs at all levels agree that the risks they must manage are evolving rapidly, but the specific areas that keep them awake at night vary depending on where in government they work.

Gartner's 2015 CIO Agenda polled 343 government CIOs, and found that those in state, local and regional roles prioritized their IT challenges as follows:

  1. Infrastructure and data center
  2. Mobile
  3. Business intelligence and analytics
  4. Cloud
  5. Enterprise resource planning (ERP)

At the federal level, civilian-agency CIOs (Gartner tallied defense/intelligence CIOs separately) offered a similar top five, but ranked them differently.   And legacy systems merited more attention that it did at the state and local levels:

  1. Infrastructure and data center
  2. Business intelligence and analytics
  3. Cloud
  4. Mobile
  5. Legacy modernization

ERP was another point of divergence, barely making the top 10 for federal CIOs.

Budget cuts, meanwhile, remain a concern at all levels: 15 percent of state, local and regional CIOs, and 30 percent of their federal peers, report planning for IT spending reductions this year.

Additional data from the Gartner report, including the priorities of defense/intelligence and private-sector CIOs, is available here.  

About the Author

Jonathan Lutton is an FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him at jlutton@fcw.com

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