CIOs in India identify cloud computing as top technology priority in 2011

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eGov Innovation  | Mar 22, 2011

MUMBAI — The 2011 CIO Agenda survey conducted by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP) showed that chief information officers in India ranked cloud computing as their top technology priority for 2011.

The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to December 2010 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time. The survey includes responses from 2,014 CIOs representing over $160 billion in corporate and public-sector IT spending across 50 countries and 38 industries.

In India, CIOs expect to adopt new cloud services much faster than originally expected. Currently, no one reports having the majority of IT running in the cloud or on SaaS technologies, but over the next four years CIOs in India expect this number to increase to 67 percent or two out of three CIOs responding to the survey.

Closely following cloud computing as a priority were mobile technologies, virtualization, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business process management (BPM). Other technologies in the top 10 include: IT management, networking, voice and data communications, business intelligence and analytics.

Until recently, the average IT organization dedicated the majority of their budget to day-to-day operations. CIOs see the introduction of Internet service-based technologies as changing that equation and releasing resources for innovation and growth.

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