CIO Magazine Tech Poll Shows Acceleration of Economic Recovery Within IT

IT Leaders Focus on IT Infrastructure Investments to Drive Innovation

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 22, 2011 – IDG's CIO, the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership, reveals the CIO Magazine Tech Poll results for January 2011. The poll findings paint a positive picture for economic recovery as participants highlight specific investment goals and increased spending on technology categories.

Results from more than 300 top IT executive respondents show that investments enabling business process innovations continue to be their top priority (36% in 2011 and 33% in 2010), followed by lower business operation costs (25%), creating top line revenue growth (21%),and managing IT infrastructure more efficiently (17%).

"We noticed in these findings how the stabilizing economy is pushing revenue growth even higher as a key focus area for CIOs," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO magazine and events. "This is an important strategic shift for CIOs as IT's contribution to business growth moves to a higher priority than cost-cutting and streamlining, which was a primary focus last year."

While the top three technologies currently in production — mobile/wireless, server virtualization and ERP — remain the same year-over-year, the results demonstrate a significant increase in the number of participants implementing these technologies, showing additional IT spending. One other technology shift can be seen in investments in storage virtualization which climbed steeply, from 25% in 2010 to 45% in 2011.


Top Technologies in Production 2011 2010


Mobile/Wireless 58% 48%


Server Virtualization 56% 42%


ERP 45% 39%


Over the next twelve months budgets will increase for many technologies, especially those that are actively being researched by participants. Technologies that respondents report an investment increase are cloud computing services (61%), business intelligence and analytics (52%), server virtualization (50%) and desktop PC virtualization (50%); where as printing/output services will see the most decrease (21%).

"The CIO Magazine Tech Poll showcases what I have been hearing from CIOs at our events, IT budgets are stabilizing and growing, allowing projects to be completed and new technologies implemented," said Adam Dennison, associate publisher, CIO. "IT executives continue to investigate ways to improve efficiencies and increase knowledge which is confirmed with the cloud computing and business intelligence and analytics spending increases."

To review the full results contact Adam Dennison, Associate Publisher, CIO at

About CIO Magazine Tech Poll

The CIO Magazine Tech Poll is conducted twice a year, among heads of IT, to gauge which technology areas are the focus of IT in the coming year and to measure the direction of spending within those areas. The current CIO Magazine Tech Poll was conducted between January 6, 2011 and January 18, 2011 through the CIO LinkedIn Forum. Results are based on 305 respondents who indicated they are the top IT executive at their organization or business unit. The margin of error on a sample of a sample size of 305 is +/- 5.6%.

Trending data references a similar CIO magazine survey conducted in January 2010 among 213 IT leaders.

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