IT/business alignment is a perenially popular topic among IT analysts. And alignment has prompted a fair amount of soul-searching among CIOs.
But the need to cut IT costs, precipitated by the harsh economy, knocked it from the No. 1 spot on this year's list of top CIO concerns, compiled by the Society for Information Management (SIM). I'm not sure about 2007, but alignment also topped SIM's list in 2006.
The entire list:
- Business productivity and cost reduction
- IT/business alignment
- Business agility and speed to market
- Business process re-engineering
- IT cost reduction
- IT reliability and efficiency
- IT strategic planning
- Revenue generating IT innovations
- Security and privacy
- CIO leadership role
It's good to see concerns about overall business productivity and cost reduction, business agility and business processes topping IT-specific concerns. It's not so good to see CIOs worrying about their own role.