Chris Kanaracus reports for IDG News Service on Network World that corporations across the nation are expected to prioritize IT spending high. These findings are according to a new poll conducted jointly by Gartner and Forbes in their 2012 Board of Directors Survey. The poll finds that IT spending could get as much priority as investments in sales operations. The Gartner-Forbes 2012 Board of Directors Survey tallies results from board members across the United States and United Kingdom.
Sixty-four percent of board members surveyed said that IT spending would rise in 2012. The survey also found that nearly 90 percent of survey respondents said IT’s “strategic contribution” to company operations would rise by 2014. Many agree that IT and technology can be a real “game changer” out in the market place.
The Gartner-Forbes survey also found that many board members are interested in diversifying their lines of business and offerings. Gartner suggests that CIOs and IT managers should take a forward-thinking approach and use the time now to analyze their strategies for absorbing technologies and systems gained through acquisitions.