And it's not as if IT leaders and their organizations are completely at odds. Analytics/business intelligence is the top IT investment and also the top investment of concern among IT leaders. Alignment of IT and business is the No.1 management concern among organizations and IT leaders alike.
IT leaders and organization both seem to be on board as well with cloud computing, which four out of five organizations surveyed said they use, and more than a quarter of IT services delivered are cloud based. Kappelman said cloud adoption is just "good economics" and allows organizations to focus most on what they value doing.
One other interesting note, being that we're Network World: Network/telecommunications rose from being the 12th biggest IT investment area in 2012 to No.8 this year. Why? Kappelman isn't quite sure, but suspects it could have something to do with technologies needed to consolidate data centers. He also pointed to findings from the survey that showed an increase in spending on "things" vs. people, and attributed this to a "catch-up" cycle during the tougher economy when big spending on technology was put off.
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