CIOs are also aware that they must not lose focus on their teams in the rush to change the business. Clive Mitchell of holiday provider Bourne Leisure said he was focusing on "empowering and enabling environment that allows the IT team to recruit and retain top talent, whilst it can deliver the already agreed (and ambitious) business transformation programme and business as usual for 2015 and have some fun as well".
It is no surprise that CIOs in the public sector still see cost control as a strategic focus.
Tonino Ciuffini, CIO of Warwickshire County Council said: "We continue to face reduced budgets due to the cuts in public service funding. As a result, a major element will be reviewing sourcing strategies and considering alternative delivery models that can help us maintain our existing levels of IT service against these budgetary reductions.
"Technology trends helps us face this challenge and we have seen improvements in customer satisfaction despite reducing the budget by 8% over the last two years. "
In the private sector, Teagle at Starbucks aims to save money, but not for the sake of cost cutting as he "adopts new business models and the required technology to ensure efficiency within IT operations and costs (not cost cutting)".
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