Gartner Research

Money-Making CIOs Should Look at Job Automation During the Next Round of Cost Cutting

Published: 07 November 2014

ID: G00270897

Analyst(s): Kurt Potter, Ken McGee

Summary

Having explored how "money-making CIOs" can improve cash flow and earnings, Gartner looks at cost cutting. Millions of routine cognitive jobs remain that IT leaders can transform or eliminate, and CIOs with cost-cutting mandates should advise senior executives to examine their human resources first.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Fourteen years of cost cutting and little to no growth in CIO budgets is forcing many CIOs to look almost exclusively outside IT to comply with future cost-cutting mandates
  • Routine cognitive jobs remain the most populated occupation category in many advanced economies and the most likely source for CIOs to deliver enterprise/IT cost savings
  • Business unit executives who automate routine cognitive jobs will cause their CIOs' year-over-year annual budget growth rates to far exceed the paltry averages experienced since 2002

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