Top 10 Tech Investments - Information Security Leads List, CIO Survey Shows



    TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - Despite a challenging economy, three-quarters
(76 per cent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed recently said
their companies will invest in information technology (IT) initiatives in the
next 12 months. Information security topped the list of projects executives
expect their firms to invest in, with 57 per cent of the response, followed by
virtualization (36 per cent) and data center efficiency (33 per cent).
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of
IT professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an
independent research firm. It was based on telephone interviews with 270 CIOs
across Canada.
    Following are five areas of IT investment that were cited most frequently
by CIOs interviewed(*):

    
    1.  Information security (57 per cent): In any economy, protecting the
        confidentiality, integrity and availability of information is a must-
        have for companies of all sizes. Technology executives in the
        business services and professional services sectors cited security
        most often, with 96 per cent and 88 per cent of the responses,
        respectively.

    2.  Virtualization (36 per cent): Added budget pressures are forcing many
        companies to focus on more cost-effective solutions for servers,
        storage and networking. Virtualization tools enable greater
        consolidation, lower hardware costs, and reduced space and power
        requirements. Four in 10 CIOs at large (1,000+ employees) and 38 per
        cent of CIOs at midsize (500 to 999 employees) companies plan to
        invest in this area.

    3.  Data center efficiency (33 per cent): Improving efficiency within the
        data center to achieve longer-term cost savings is a top priority for
        organizations pressured to cut back on IT spending. Companies are
        realizing that by not improving efficiency, it will result in the
        need for more costly expansions and upgrades in the future.

    4.  Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (32 per cent): Lower monthly
        phone bills, greater network flexibility and unified messaging, which
        allows users to more efficiently retrieve messages, are among the
        benefits that companies realize when they invest in VoIP technology.

    5.  Business Intelligence (28 per cent): Companies are investing in
        business intelligence software that allows them to squeeze greater
        cost efficiencies from their existing resources and processes, and to
        identify and mitigate business risk.

    (*)CIOs were asked, "Which areas, if any, will your IT department be
    investing in over the next 12 months?" Multiple answers were permitted.
    Percentages reflect responses from 76 per cent of the 270 CIOs who plan
    to invest in IT. The survey was conducted in January 2009.
    

    "Despite increased budgetary pressures, many companies recognize that
investing in IT initiatives leads to improved security, efficiencies and
revenues," said Sandra Lavoy, a vice president with Robert Half Technology.
"Enhancing IT infrastructure will help organizations better prepare for growth
when the economy rebounds."

    
    Rounding out the top 10 list of IT investment areas:

    6.  Outsourcing (26 per cent)

    7.  Software as a Service (SaaS) (23 per cent)

    8.  Web 2.0 (18 percent)

    9.  Social networking technology (18 per cent)

    10. Green IT (16 per cent)

    About the Survey
    ----------------
    The national survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading
provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time
basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on
more than 270 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of Canadian
companies with 100 or more employees.

    About Robert Half Technology
    ----------------------------
    
    With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a
leading provider of information technology professionals for initiatives
ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network
security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job
search services at www.rht.com.





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