It’s the end of July so two things are certain. The weather is hot and we are planning for the upcoming Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey. The survey, which has been running for more than 10 years now, looks at Business and IT strategies, technologies and priorities. It also looks to get behind the scenes to understand the forces shaping IT. This year’s survey is the work of Dave Aron, myself and hopefully you.
We have room to investigate an issue, question, hypothesis that you all provide. So the question is – which question would you most like to ask CIOs for 2013?
Please provide questions in the comments to this blog post. We will choose a question to incorporate from you in this year’s survey. We will report back the answer to that question – in mid January – when we release the survey results on this blog. Dave and I retain sole discretion to choose the question based on the following characteristics:
Provocative – the question produces interesting results in both the affirmative and in the alternative. Questions that are one sided or nonsensical will be given a lower priority.
Researchable – a survey is a good way to ask the question and CIOs can answer it in a survey. Surveys are wonderful instruments to understand what is going on, but they do have their limitations.
Independent – questions that single out a particular company are not part of the survey. The survey is not a marketing survey so understanding a CIO’s likelihood to buy product X is not part of its purpose.
Actionable – questions that lead to CIO recommendations and actions will be given a higher priority. It might be interesting to know that left handed CIOs are more effective than right handed CIOs, but that insight is hardly actionable.
So feel free to propose questions in the comments, build on proposals of others, etc. Those submitting questions will all receive an electronic copy of the 2013 CIO agenda report when it comes out in January.
If your question is picked, then I am happy to present the CIO Agenda Findings and the Findings of your question to you and your team via an audio conference around that time.
We look forward to your contributions and ideas.