Six out of 10 U.S. companies already have at least one application in the cloud, and 71 percent expect to increase spending on cloud services in the next 12 months, according to a recent IDG Enterprise survey of 554 IT professionals, including 357 heads of IT.
Stories by Lauren Brousell
1. It's a good intranet alternative. Most companies have an intranet meant to facilitate employee collaboration and act as a portal for company information. But employees often use it so infrequently that they forget their passwords. Lawrence DeVoe, chief technology catalyst at Initiative Media, deployed Yammer last April, starting with 10 invites, and within three weeks had gained 400 users. Today, the Yammer population at the company has grown to 1,400. And DeVoe says Yammer cost less than half of what was spent on his previous Intranet tool.
More than ever, workers want to take advantage of the technology they use in their everyday lives to help them do their jobs better. Forrester Research's first-quarter Forrsights for Business Technology survey shows that although the practice isn't widespread, employees are increasingly using applications and devices for work that have not been approved by their companies.
According to the survey, 37 percent of workers said they've used their own PC or smartphone for work, and 26 percent have gone so far as using their own money to buy software or other technology.
The tight grip of the recession has eased, giving more CIOs the green light for innovation and upgrades, particularly cloud computing. Sixty-one percent of the 305 heads of IT that responded to our survey on technology priorities say they're putting more money toward the cloud-a 10 percent increase from last year.
Out of the 333 executives we polled in November, 54 per cent have plans to grow their budgets in 2011. That’s a significant improvement compared to the low point in May 2009, when only 14 per cent planned a budget increase.
More than two-thirds of IT leaders believe mobile technology facilitates business innovation at their companies. Less than half think mobile investments are being driven by business strategy.
Many CIOs aim to become more strategic IT leaders. But it isn't easy.