Good news: CEOs say IT plays key role in recovery


While many IT managers fear their department is viewed as a cost center in tough times, a new survey says CEOs don’t necessarily feel that way.

The upshot of a recent Gartner poll: 62% of CEOs feel that IT-enabled changes will be a key element in their post-recession strategy. Only 13% disagree.

Gartner surveyed senior executives at 190 companies, specifically excluding tech service providers.

The survey also found CEOs are switching their primary strategy from cost-containment to business growth — in 2009, most execs were focused on coping with the recession, while 71% said increasing revenue will be their primary focus in 2010.

What it means to IT managers: Take advantage of the positive attitudes by proposing projects with clear ties to business growth.

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