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CEO and Senior Executive Survey 2013: CFO Focus Turns to Growth

Published: 25 March 2013

ID: G00247336

Analyst(s): Barbara Gomolski

Summary

CFOs' desires to drive business growth present a unique opportunity for CIOs. IT leaders can use the CEO survey findings analyzed here to align their priorities with financial chiefs.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Growth and profitability now outrank cost among CFO top business priorities, suggesting that CIO focus will similarly shift
  • Fifty percent of CFOs plan to increase IT spending in 2013, up from 42% last year, requiring CIOs to prepare for the first significant wave of IT investment in more than five years
  • More than half of CFOs believe that "improved delivery" is the most significant way CIOs can boost their contribution, suggesting a renewed focus on "running IT like a business"

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