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    IT Organizations Shift Focus Toward the Fundamentals

    With the economy stuck in a slow grind, the latest survey from The Society of Information Management (SIM) is focused mostly on business productivity and cost reduction. That’s not necessarily coming at the expense of other goals, such as the alignment of business and IT, but it does indicate that tactical issues are getting a lot more attention from IT leaders who are concerned about being able to demonstrate measurable IT values.

    In fact, a new survey of IT executives from 195 different organizations finds that while business intelligence, cloud computing and enterprise resource planning (ERP) remain at the top of the application priority list, collaboration and workflow tools have jumped from the eighth slot in 2011 to number four in 2012.

    One other area that is sure to draw a lot more attention in 2013 is staffing, which, despite virtualization and more IT automation than ever, continues to be the single biggest expense component when it comes to delivering enterprise IT. As such, the survey suggests there will be more efforts in 2013 to curb the rate at which salaries are rising, including a significant spike in offshore IT outsourcing.

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    Click through for results from an IT management survey conducted by The Society of Information Management (SIM).

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    Business productivity and cost reduction jump from fourth to first.

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    Collaborative and workflow tools jump up four slots.

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    The majority see an increase in spending.

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    Majority expect another increase.

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    Staffing still consumes the biggest chunk.

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    IT staff as a percentage of employees drops.

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    Percentage of the budget allocated to staffing continues to rise.

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    Looks like it will spike in 2013.

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    India still dominates.

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    Not much real progress.

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    More cloud computing to focus on external.

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    Reflects continuing investments in IT even as revenues fall.

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    Data processing and IT companies lead the way.

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    A slight drop.

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    Salaries are up for most.

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    IT salaries not rising as fast as 2012.

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    Continues to fall.

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    Majority report to CEO.

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    CIOs staying longer.

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    Ambassadors to the business.

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    Importance of ROI rises.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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