Chief information officers have the hots for online training, video conferencing and collaboration software such as Microsoft's SharePoint. Just don't ask these execs to blog, use a wiki or enter a virtual world.
That's the recap from a survey of 1,400 CIOs by staffing firm Robert Half Technology. A quick cut of the results.
- Forty-seven percent of CIOs use online training now with another 13 percent planning to use it in the next five years.
- Among the respondents, 34 percent said they use video conferencing software today with another 18 percent planning on using it in the next five years. That survey response is probably one reason Cisco sees its TelePresence effort being a $1 billion business in five years.
- So-called collaborative workspaces (think SharePoint) are used today by 24 percent of CIOs with another 19 percent planning on using those tools in the next five years.
And then the whole enterprise 2.0 thing (all posts, Dion Hinchcliffe) unravels big time. We'll skip the percentage using (or planning to use) newfangled technologies like tagging software and virtual worlds and just give you the CIOs that have no plans to use these tools. To wit:
- 67 percent have no intention of using tagging software;
- 72 percent aren't going to use blogs;
- 74 percent don't get the wiki thing;
- And 84 percent have no plans for virtual worlds.
Of those amounts the only one that shocks me a bit is the wiki usage. Why? In general, wikis are an easy way to track projects and bugs. You'd think that wikis would be a no-brainer for CIOs and their IT departments. Of course, it's possible that software developers and project managers are using wikis extensively and the CIO hasn't noticed it yet.