Our 2013 Top 10 CIO Priorities

See our picks for 2013:

  1. Level Up Your Staff's Skillset - Public/Private Cloulds, Virtualization, Big Data, Mobile Adoption, BYOD... refresh your department's skills with regard to these areas. Perceptions of the capabilities and ease of use for technology continues to increase. Ensure you keep pace.

  2. The Cyberwar is Now - From Stuxnet, to Red October, to Flame we are in the middle of a cyberwar, and it looks like it is here to stay. Foreign actors are not just targeting government sites, they are targeting companies that run key infrastructure such as utilities, banks, transport, and healthcare companies. Secure your infrastructure.

  3. Move Beyond "The Cloud" - Forget about the buzz of cloud services. Look at the true long-term cost benefits of the services and how you can integrate them into your environment. Building your own private cloud is becoming more cost-effective for middle market organizations.

  4. Big Data Within Reach - Leveraging the insights and the power of Big Data is now easier then ever. Tools such as Hadoop and companies to help you get there like Horton Works and Cloudera, Big Data is within reach.

  5. Keep an Eye on the Big Picture - Don't lose sight of the ultimate goal for your organization. Champion growth projects even if they are not IT related. Be a Business Leader.

  6. Be End-User Focused - It is 2013, and the grouchy unreasonable "IT Guy" perception is dated. Engage the users and the business about how to customer focused with meeting their needs.

  7. Weekly Lunch With Marketing - Schedule a recurring weekly lunch with the head of marketing. You may be surpised by what you will learn.

  8. Refresh Your Infrastructure - The last 3-4 years have been characterized by slashing budgets and delaying infrastructure spending. Get back to the nitty-gritty and replace those aging hardware and modernize legacy software systems.

  9. Doing More With Less - In an age of austerity you will need to be creative in making your budget do more with less. Work with the marketing department to ensure your IT budget is not stolen to feed their digital marketing, make those shared initiatives.

  10. Simplify - Reduce the complexity in your systems, department staff, and interactions. Challenge your assumptions about why your systems are built as they currently exist.