The Big IT Imperatives for 2010

It’s the new year, and the lists of what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen in IT are coming thick and fast. Among the most interesting is Information Week’s "Top 10 CIO Issues for 2010." While you may not be a CIO yourself (at least not yet!), this collection of deep thoughts for the year ahead is an excellent guide to what you’ll be talking about in planning meetings in the months to come. The most critical points are all revolve around a central theme: "transformation," the need to rethink and reengineer every part of a business using technology not just as a logistical problem solver but as an integral component in the business’s very DNA.

The Cloud Imperative
Cloud computing takes the top spot for focus and achievement in 2010 cause in spite of all the questions and concerns still floating around it, the cloud offers CIOs huge potential for attacking the 80/20 ratio on maintenance/innovation spending and driving revenue growth. If by mid-year you have not developed and begun to execute upon an ambitious and enterprise-wide cloud strategy, then by year-end the odds are good you’ll no longer be a CIO.

The Mobile Enterprise and the Mobile Mindset
If a team of your peers and your customers and your competitors’ were to do a day-long review of your company’s mobile capabilities, would you be eager to share the results with your boss? Or would you, well, have to resort to blaming your tight budget, or try to shift the subject to the latest developments with CDMA technology, or would you perhaps try to persuade your CEO that, after all, mobile information and mobile engagement just really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

The Transformation Quotient
Lots of companies are looking at this as transformative efforts that allow them to become what they need to be instead of merely perpetuating what they have been: new products and new partnerships, new sales channels and new levels of co-creation with customers, not ways of finding and analyzing data and new ways of using information for true competitive advantage.

Don Willmott