IBM Global CIO Study 2009, the largest face-to-face survey of CIOs ever conducted.

IBM’s New Global CIO Study is out.

More than 2,500 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) were interviewed on the subject of :  Leveraging analytics to gain competitive advantage and improve business decision-making is now the top priority for CIOs.

More than four out of five (83 percent) survey respondents identified business intelligence and analytics — the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights — as the way they will enhance their organizations’ competitiveness.

The Global CIO Study 2009 is the largest face-to-face survey of CIOs ever conducted.

This year’s study, titled “The New Voice of the CIO,” represents the insights and visions of CIOs from 78 countries, 19 industries, and organizations of every size, and it reinforces the increasingly strategic role that CIOs are playing as visionary leaders and drives of innovation and financial growth.

With an increased focus on data analytics, the survey also revealed that data reliability and security have emerged as increasingly urgent concerns, with 71 percent of CIOs planning to make additional investments in risk management and compliance.

Other key findings :

  • CIOs are continuing on the path to dramatically lower energy costs, with 78 percent undergoing or planning virtualization projects
  • 76 percent of CIOs anticipate building a strongly centralized infrastructure in the next five years.

Published by the IBM Institute for Business Value, this year’s CIO Study included more than 2,500 face-to-face interviews, conducted over four months from January to April 2009. In addition to the detailed personal feedback, IBM also incorporated financial metrics and detailed statistical analysis into the findings.

The report also highlights a number of recommendations from strategic business actions and use of key technologies that IBM has identified that CIOs can implement, based on CIO feedback from the study.

The full 2009 CIO Study and interviews about the study are available at www.ibm.com/ciostudy.

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