CIOs prioritise cost effectiveness: Gartner

As the economy continues to slow, maximum cost effectiveness and profitability are the key objectives of CIOs building IT programs, according to a worldwide study of 1,500 CIOs released by Gartner.

"CIOs are becoming frontline business executives," said Andrew Rowsell-Jones, a research director in Gartner's Executive Programs.

"Cost pressures are rated as the No. 1 global concern by businesses this year, and as a consequence, there will now be a much tighter correlation between what IS does and how the business performs."

The survey revealed the following four IT management priorities: linking information systems to the business strategy and providing guidance to the board and executive councils; building capabilities by attracting and retaining quality people; demonstrating the value of IT through top-level program and project management; and delivering e-business capabilities through IT architectures and e-business process management capabilities.

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