Go gaming, Gartner tells CIOs

CIOs and IT managers should try their hands at video gaming if they want to keep their companies on track next year, analyst firm Gartner said this month.

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By  Chris Whyatt Published  December 18, 2005

CIOs and IT managers should try their hands at video gaming if they want to keep their companies on track next year, analyst firm Gartner said this month. The unusual advice was released this month in Gartner’s ‘top ten CIO resolutions for 2006’, which, the analyst firm claims promises to be a ‘paradoxical’ year because of a surge in technology innovation and an unpredictable economic outlook. In the report, Gartner advises IT managers to expand their technical horizons over the next 12 months by coming into contact with three of the following: web-based applications such as Writely.com, Numsum.com or Flickr.com; a new-generation games console such as Xbox 360; a head-mounted display; Google Earth; and an in-house pilot of a consumer technology. “In 2006, businesses and their IT organisations will be caught between opposing forces. An unpredictable economy and declining business confidence will combine with a surge in innovation as markets begin to embrace emerging technologies,” said Mark Raskino of Gartner. “To get through this confusing and unstable period, IT leaders must drive their organisations with one foot on the accelerator and the other hovering over the brake,” he added. Gartner grouped its ten must-do resolutions for CIOs (see table) under three different categories, one of which is choosing 2006 tactics to target 2008 for major innovations delivery. ‘Insisting on agility’ is the second, with ‘pushing beyond 2005 comfort zones in value focus and technology’, such as games consoles, the third. The analyst group said it is imperative that CIOs create roadmaps that will deliver controllable, short-term benefits with a longer-term goal and vision. It said that, because of ma- instream availabilty of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and virtualised infrastructure facilities, and the rising penetration of consumer devices into business environments, IT organisations are at the beginning of the most extensive and complex migration yet. “Like any new year, 2006 is going to present a fresh set of challenges, but it will be unique because it will combine business turbulence with the transition of IT value contribution and multiple changes in technology itself,” said John Mahoney, chief of research for IT management at Gartner. “CIOs should include these resolutions in their work programmes in addition to the core portfolio. Those who don’t may find 2007 an unpleasant ride,” he noted. The top ten list also advises CIOs to educate their business about the second internet revolution, and to start a significant ‘software as a service’ implementation as a trial and education. Gartner said in the report that core delivery and operational work plans — such as cost control, security, sourcing, compliance and portfolio management — remain the baseline for good IT performance and value.

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