Managing costs is no longer critically important for global technology and business decision-makers who now focus on innovation and mobile initiatives.
A new report by Forrester shows that these professionals also focus on collaborating with business leaders, finding ways to improve the budgeting process as well as driving top line revenue.
59% of global technology and business decision-makers said their department plan to focus on innovation in 2015. 46% said their customers and 28% said younger workers are driving them to continuously innovate in technology.
More infrastructure & operations (I&O) professionals now use mobile devices and apps as they give them flexibility and support customers.
75% of tech and business leaders want to expand their mobile strategy internally and 69% want to create a comprehensive mobile and tablet strategy.
"Mobility recasts the definition of PC... it's not time to scale back on PCs altogether, but categories are blurring - meaning that mobile devices like tablets might be funded out of a traditional "PC" budget," said vice president and principal analyst JP Gownder.
Collaborating with business leaders
79% of technology decision-makers and 64% of business decision-makers believe collaboration between technology and business leaders is important for business.
72% of these decision-makers want to improve the tech budgeting process and the same percentage want to cut overall IT costs.
Forrester advises those planning budgets for 2015 and beyond to create cross-functional teams for business technology planning.
These leaders should analyze their employees' work styles and role-based needs; plan an explicit budget for innovation and pilots; create a circle of feedback between Infrastructure & Operations, business leaders, and employees.
These professionals should also map their technology investments to business initiatives in order to improve overall company performance.
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