MIS100 2012: The new leadership platform
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CIOs in this year’s report say they will embark on a range of ICT projects, with mobility getting the greatest uptake from 68 percent of the respondents. Business continuity and disaster recovery is second, and virtualisation, which was the number one project last year, is now number three. The Christchurch earthquake has prompted
reviews and revision of the DR programmes across sectors. Interestingly, nearly half of the respondents, at 42 percent, are embarking on social media projects, compared to just under a third (32 percent) the previous year (see above graph).
This year, a number of CIOs report a greater involvement in projects that directly involve revenue. These could be from support for social media programmes around marketing, to enhancing business intelligence systems for operations and new services. This is exemplified by Fulton Hogan’s new Group CIO Brian Northern, who says, “There is a real benefit in capturing information digitally from the field, which improves data accuracy and enables more timely reporting.”
“ICT helps us to achieve business objectives for Vero NZ by making it easier for intermediaries, partners and customers to do business with us, while reducing the cost of doing business and by assisting decision-making by providing timely access to relevant data,” explains Andrew Diver, Vero CIO. The continued requests by employees to use their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets, within the work environment has required IT to develop a BYOD response that enables greater freedom for employees to use these devices, while still maintaining security of infrastructure and information. While the CIOs see BYOD as a key challenge, they also acknowledge the gains for the organisation that manages it well. “By giving our people the right tools to do the job, and the freedom to use them as often as they like, we create efficiencies, lower costs and ultimately add real value to our business,” says Fletcher’s Paul Knight.
Sidebar: Calculating the top 100
The MIS100 is a study of New Zealand’s biggest ICT-using organisations based on screen count, turnover and staff numbers. The screen number is given 50 percent of the final weighting, and turnover and employees get 25 percent each. The screen numbers include PCs, servers, laptops and hand-held devices like iPads, Blackberrys and other web-enabled PDAs.
Sheila O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org), manager of Fairfax Business Research in New Zealand, provided the analysis of the MIS100 data and graphs.
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