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Tech leaders prioritize innovation

Anuradha Shukla | Jan. 16, 2015
Managing costs no longer critically important, says Forrester.

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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