Business continuity a top challenge for New Zealand CIOs

Business continuity a top challenge for New Zealand CIOs

The results of a survey of 50 CIOs shows business continuity, costs, and IT responsiveness are top of mind

The Christchurch earthquakes have made business continuity the most significant challenge for New Zealand CIOs in the coming year, says a new report. According to Fujitsu’s inaugural Trends in Technology Report for New Zealand, 13.5 percent of CIOs say business continuity is their top challenge, with a further 37.8 saying it is a major challenge for their businesses.

Most tellingly, all of the 50 surveyed said business continuity was a challenge on some level, says Craig Baty, CTO for Fujitsu ANZ.

“It’s pretty obvious that New Zealandy CIOs saw what happened in Christchurch and want to ensure their businesses can get through the next disaster,” says Baty.

The other major challenges faced by New Zealand CIOs are improving service responsiveness (64.9 percent), and cost control and optimisation (56.7 percent).

Virtualisation, integrated enterprise data, and unified communications are the technologies of most interest to CIOs. Only 38.9 percent responded saying cloud technology was of high or top interest to their businesses.

“I think this show CIOs understand that cloud is not a solution in itself, but a tool to achieve other business goals like improving service responsiveness and maintaining costs,” says Baty.

“I’ll be interested to see how this figure changes next quarter, as I expect it to grow.”

The Trends in Technology Report is a quarterly survey of 50 New Zealand CIOs. It was conducted over January and February and the full results will be available in April.

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