Accelerating business growth top priority for Irish CIOs as they look to digital future

Enabling accelerated business change and growth is now the top priority among Irish CIOs, according to the findings of the fourth annual CIO survey by Deloitte. The findings also show that there has been a vast improvement in CIO perception of IT/business alignment. Seven out of ten CIOs now rate alignment as either good or excellent - a significant improvement on last year when only one in five CIOs rated alignment as good or excellent.

In terms of recruitment, 44% of CIOs indicated that they are currently recruiting for IT staff. However, of those that are recruiting, 84% of respondents indicated that they are struggling to fill both graduate and experienced hire positions.

Continuing on from last year’s trend, the survey findings show that CIOs are increasingly optimistic with regards to IT budgets. While just over a quarter of respondents expect a budget decrease in 2013, 42% are predicting an increase. This time last year, 45% of respondents predicted a decrease in their 2012 budget.

IT cost reduction, which was a key priority for CIOs in previous years, now falls not only behind business change but also security and compliance. Other areas which have fallen down the list of priorities include legacy