A recent survey of business leaders, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Accenture, revealed what those IT and business leaders are discussing in their closed-door budget meetings. The results hint at one thing when it comes to IT: strategy.
These IT and business leaders are the same people who worked to slash their IT expenses in 2009. They may now be looking at IT as a strategic tool to reduce other business expenses, increase revenues and provide other kinds of value to the business. Will this strategy correlate to the top IT strategies for 2010?
Accenture’s research shows that strategic areas for IT spending in 2010 will include server virtualization and consolidation, business analytics and intelligence, and more customer self-service e-business automation projects. These are all good steps towards building a lean mean fighting IT machine.
Many are faithful that 2010 will bring about a recovery. Most companies are approaching 2010 with conservative optimism in light of that "faith." With lean IT that does its job, many companies could be in a good position to ride that recovery fruitfully.
What is your company planning to do in 2010 to make IT work better and harder?
Is your company planning to bring virtualization and/or cloud computing into their IT mix?