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Top 5 CIO Priorities for the New Decade

cioWhile it isn't 1990 anymore, it's not 2000 either. The fact of the matter is that technology has moved at an alarming rate in the past decade, and 2010 is shaping up to have its own significant challenges for CIOs. As the technological landscape changes, an effective CIO needs to reevaluate her priorities and bring them in line with what's going on it the world around her.

Here are some of the most essential focus areas for the successful CIO in the 2010s:

1.    Cost reduction. If Y2K was the high point of technology spending, 2010 is quickly becoming the low point. CIOs are expected to provide greater functionality to their users on a fraction of the budget they had a decade ago. The recession hasn't helped this situation, and even though the economy may recover just fine many organizations will be hesitant to reopen the flood gates of IT spending. The effective and successful CIO will need to find ways to reduce IT costs all while providing improved levels of service. Your organization expects you to work miracles, so you need to find ways to do just that.

2.    Alignment. There was a time when IT was on its own. It may have been a small little hungry monster living under the Finance Department's desk, or it may have been tucked away in operations. Today, however, that's changed. The fact that IT deserves an officer-level executive is testament to this fact. Still, many IT departments find themselves at odds with the organization's business focus. Bringing your area into alignment with the overall organization's goals and processes is key to being successful. It will also make it much easier to provide business justifcations as you struggle for funding.

3.    Strategic planning. To be sure, in a down economy it's easy to become more tactical or even go into survivalist mode. However, you still need to have the big picture in mind. You need to be able to look forward five years and have a realistic picture of where your organization's IT needs are going to be, and then make decisions today that contribute to the organization's long-term health and goals. Even when you're forced to use stopgap measures, you can't lose sight of how things ought to work out in the end.

4.    Process re-engineering. Even though tech changes at a breakneck pace, people don't. They like to do things the same way over and over again. Even your true cutting-edge engineers fall into old habits when it comes to business processes. Regularly reevaluating and improving your business process lets you run a tight ship and keep thing effecient.

5.    Security. While it may not be 2002 anymore, security is still a top priority for successful CIOs. New threats, particularly in the realm of cyberterrorism, pose problems for your organization. Evaluating your organization's overall security strategy and integrating physical along with informational strategy are essential to keeping your organization safe from the kinds of threats.


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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.