IDC's first post of the year compares survey results that show where CEOs' place their top business priorities. The research firm asked 200 line-of-business (LOB) executives last month to indicate which business improvement initiatives top their CEOs' agendas for the year ahead. Among the top five listed in 2005 were product innovation and improving the IT organization, which IDC singled out as making significant gains compared to their rankings from the same survey conducted a year earlier (in green box):
IDC says that addressing both priorities in unison is an opportunity:
In 2006, one of the most intriguing opportunities for CIOs and IT suppliers alike will lie in putting these two priority areas together, using management’s drive to improve innovation productivity as a catalyst to invest in IT that better supports high-volume, high-productivity innovation.