Mobile technology will be most disruptive enterprise force, predict 2,000 CIOs

Gartner survey finds mobile technology is among the top technology priorities for CIOs

Mobile technology will be the most disruptive technological force in the enterprise in the coming years, according to a survey of more the 2,000 chief information officers that was conducted by Gartner in the fourth quarter of 2012.

A full 70 percent of CIOs surveyed cited mobile technology as the most disruptive digital technology in the enterprise, with 55 percent naming big data and analytics, 54 percent tagging social media, and 51 percent selecting the public cloud as the most disruptive technology.

In terms of technology priorities, CIOs picked analytics and business intelligence as their top priority, followed by mobile technology and cloud computing.

Enterprise use of digital technologies, including mobile, analytics, big data, social and cloud, have reached a "tipping point," requiring CIOs to develop IT strategies, priorities and plans, said Gartner.

"Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find digital value. CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities, and harvesting value from products, services and operations," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and Gartner fellow.

The survey found that enterprises only realize around 43 percent of technology's business potential. In addition, IT budgets are not increasing, despite the explosion of technology in the workplace that IT departments have to deal with, Gartner noted.

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