Survey indicates CIOs inundated with work

CIOs who have recently been pinched by budget constraints are now finding themselves overwhelmed with work as companies decide that they can no longer delay critical hardware and software upgrades, a new survey indicates.

In a poll of more than 1,400 U.S. CIOs (chief information officers), 20 percent said that their workload has increased significantly in the last 12 months, while 35 percent said that their workload has increased somewhat.

The poll was published and developed by Robert Half Technology in Menlo Park, California, and conducted by an independent research firm. Robert Half Technology provides technology staffing services and is owned by Robert Half International Inc.

The influx of new projects is in part due to company decisions to move ahead with postponed IT upgrades, Robert Half Technology Executive Director Katherine Spencer Lee said in a statement released Friday. Spencer Lee added that many systems purchased in the technology boom of the late 1990s are nearing the end of their life cycles.

Forty-six percent of the CIOs polled said that new projects accounted for the increase in their workloads, while 36 percent said that corporate expansion had put more work on their plates. Meanwhile, 9 percent of those polled said that a decrease in IT staff accounted for their extra workloads.

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