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What Will CIOs Need to Sail Through 2013?

Shweta Rao | Jan. 21, 2013
Indian CIOs across industries are bracing up for the IT challenges they expect to tackle in 2013. But to ensure acceleration with the ongoing developments, a clear idea of what lies ahead is very vital.

Many disruptive forces such as mobility, BYOD and big data, to name a few, are shaping enterprise technology in today's global market. For CIOs too, life in 2013 is going to get very interesting. Indian CIOs across industries are bracing up for the IT challenges they expect to tackle in 2013. But to ensure acceleration with the ongoing developments, a clear idea of what lies ahead is very vital.

We will keep it simple. Here's what you will need in order to sail through 2013:

1. Beefed-up Security

As the world quickly shifts from mobile to cloud-based IT, security-related challenges will rise simultaneously. This basically means that mobile as well as cloud platforms will be high risk IT infrastructures to handle this year.

Unstructured and unmanaged use of mobile devices within the corporate network--caused due to BYOD--had already raised eyebrows in 2012. Experts across the world have predicted that the New Year will bear fruit for CIOs who will quickly lay down mobile strategies, but only keeping in mind to include a "cross-channel interaction."

But as these unmanaged devices begin to pick up data over the cloud, CIOs will have to begin looking at the critical security breaches that will come their way. "When technologies like mobility and cloud converge, newer opportunities are created. 2013's big challenge will be information security for these newer avenues, and looking for solution compatibility across platforms," says Makarand Sawant, GM-IT Facilities, Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals.

2. A Trustworthy Service Provider

With all that's coming your way, a long-standing partnership with your most important vendors should come in handy. Sawant says that in such situations, self-imposed vendor lock-ins can also turn up beneficial. "At the moment, support for mobility and BYOD are a big cause for worry. We are now looking at asking our service provider for an improved WAN performance to help the situation," informs Sawant. "And our strong vendor relationship will ensure we will not be denied of this service."

Obviously, CIOs who have not been in constant discussion with their strategic vendors have good reasons to worry.

3. The Gut to Face More Budget Cuts

The average IT budget for Indian enterprises in 2012 was Rs 20 crore. But the bitter truth is that budget cuts are coming, and they're coming bad. Thirty-two percent of Indian CIOs in our "State of the CIO Survey" have said that the economic slowdown is the top issue impacting their organizations in 2013. Many enterprises will see very less increase in their IT budgets, and therefore, it's imminent that most CIOs will look at fund cuts again.

Exactly when these cuts occur will, of course, depend on the industry type and its performance through the year. But what will be common across all industries is that this time CIOs cannot get away with the usual budget cuts.

 

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