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Thank You for your questions, the 2013 CIO Survey

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 20, 2012  |  Comments Off on Thank You for your questions, the 2013 CIO Survey

A post near the beginning of the month announced that Dave Aron and I were designing the 2013 CIO survey and we asked if there was one question you would like to ask CIOs.  Well the design is complete and the CIO survey is in testing so its time to announce the questions that you submitted that will make this year’s survey.  There were a number of great suggestions and in some cases questions that we had already put into the survey.  Here are the ones from the comments that we will be including in one form or another, they are presented in the order in which they were submitted.

Jesus del Valle’s question about new business opportunities will be covered in questions related to top business priorities and IT solutions.

John Hansen’s question about why IT is largely still viewed as a commodity cost center is the focus of a hypothesis on the value and nature of IT organizations and how they differ from each other.  It’s a slightly different way of answering the question, but it should produce some interesting results.

Sudhir Hasamnis’s question about making top management aware of IT’s importance is a question that we are asking almost verbatim.  It will be interesting to see the results.

Pearl Zhu’s question looking at the centralization of IT and if its more effective is something we will be able to analyze from the data.  Also in the past centralized IT has shown to be more effective, but its something we will look at again.   Regrets that we will not be asking about Enterprise Architecture Maturity.   Good news is that the question about leadership traits is part of the hypothesis that looks at how CIOs are getting ready for ‘general management’ roles and responsibilities.

The survey broadens James Roger’s question about cost optimization to look at other areas of focus for CIOs strategies and technologies.

Karla Carpenter’s question about strategies to remain smart, responsive, informed and agile is something we can uncover in the analysis of various business priorities, CIO strategies and enterprise technologies, so while we are not asking that question directly, the results should be able to shed some light on the question.

Richard Sink’s question on the value of IP and when you know its been compromised unfortunately did not make it into the survey, regrets, as it did not fit the themes and hypothesis of this year’s design.  Richard I would like to suggest that you give a new book on the subject a look, its called “The Knockoff Economy” by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman, two lawyers looking at the issue.

Rene Hermes’s question about marketing IT or building IT’s internal brand is the focus of an Executive Programs Report that will come out latter this year, so it was not a focus of the survey – regrets – but look for a summary of the report on the Gartner website.  Different questions about IT effectiveness and plans should shed some light on Rene’s questions about key initiatives to bridge the gap between what IT delivers and business perceptions.

The question about IT cloud services is another one that did not quite fit the survey design and direction.  That question from Bobby Koritala is better asked in Gartner’s IT spending survey and I have forwarded it onto that team.

Frank Schipani’s question about technology over the next five years is the subject of a whole looking forward section of the survey, so there will be some good data there not only on technology but also on the technology companies that CIOs imagine will be the most influential.

Aaron Kaffen’s question about IT metrics was the focus of last year’s survey and I will share that information in a post this week.  We did not look at the idea of metrics and decentralization; it’s an interesting thought and one that will require some additional analysis.

Finally, just because it’s the most recent comment, Brummieruss’s question about achievement will be something we should get from the other questions asked in the survey.  Thanks for that contribution.

Thanks to everyone’s contribution, questions and suggestions.  I am sorry that we were not able to incorporate them all, or incorporate them exactly the way you asked them, but I believe we should be able to provide insight and data on just about everything asked.  No survey is perfect or even all encompassing, so my apologies.

As I mentioned in the first post on the subject, we will be opening the survey in September and collecting data until early December.  The results will be available in early to mid January and I will put up a specific post about the answers to the questions you submitted.

Thanks again for your contribution and participation.  All the best for a strong last quarter and a great start to 2013 – stay tuned.


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Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Fellow Emeritus in Gartner for General Managers Program.

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