What is more important to your IT organization?

Optimize IT Costs66%

Support digital initiatives33%


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Assistant Director IT Auditor in Education, 10,001+ employees
IT Governance Expert in Insurance (except health), 501 - 1,000 employees
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Director of IT in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
IT doesn’t exist to reduce the cost of IT
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CEO in Software, 11 - 50 employees

Hey, that's my line! :)

Director of IT in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees

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CEO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
I'm surprised and a little disappointed by the results of this survey. 

Optimizing costs is something ever department does, it's not what is "most important", except for emergency circumstances.

On the other hand, supporting digital initiatives should be well accepted now as critical to the future of the company. 

A caveat:
"Optimizing costs" across the enterprise can have more importance as a focus area, especially in times of serious budget constraints. However, optimizing costs in IT is and should be a table stakes activity, but not job one.
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CIO / Managing Partner in Manufacturing, 2 - 10 employees

Agree with you Mark, but unfortunately that is the reality in all too many organizations.

Director of Information Security in Energy and Utilities, 5,001 - 10,000 employees

Typical of most orgs to see short term gain by optimizing the budget vs. seeing the longer picture of your ROI being 10X if you invest in digital initiatives (not to mention that if you don't your chances of going the way of the dodo bird rise accordingly). I think the poll results were fairly reflective of what most responders are seeing in their orgs unfortunately.

CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

Agree with Mark and Martin. First place anyone goes is bottom line and what can you do for me now vs what is best for me in the future.

Director of Engineering in Finance (non-banking), 201 - 500 employees
When cutting cost is more important that innovation you ask yourself 'what am I doing here?!'

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