Enterprises are failing to maximise the lifecycle of their technology investments as result of the rapid arrival of new technology, proliferation of platform choices and inability of internal resources to fully keep up with all the changes.

Strategic IT planning is critical to eliminate wastage and ensuring maximum ROI for IT investments.

More than ever, CIOs need to understand what the important IT trends are for the next half decade. Currently, the IT landscape is going through at least 5 major “generational” changes and the following trends weigh heavily on the minds of CIOs around the world:

  1. Increasing demand by end users for personalised, immediate access to content and applications anywhere, anytime and on any device.
  2. Shifting of delivery platforms to disparate mobile devices, into the cloud and into social media platforms.
  3. Reinvention of communication and collaboration channels across the Web, mobile devices and in social media.
  4. Innovation driven by consumer technology.
  5. Big data driven by the ever increasing, multitudinous applications, devices and monitoring systems deployed, and the ever increasing need for quantitative analysis of everything.

Moreover, workers are now demanding many of these innovations and expecting their organisations to provide something close in capability to what they can get nearly for free (or actually for free) on their own devices and networks. Managers and executives are typically pushing for service delivery on next-generation mobile devices like the smartphones and tablets, much easier to use IT solutions, and access to more collaborative and useful intranet capabilities.

To ensure that ROI for IT investments are maximised, it is critical that CIOs understand which of these trends are impacting on their organisation and be able to ensure that IT assets are capable of meeting business and user requirements, four or five years down the track.

AINS IT Strategic Planning Service is available to help CIOs gain a deeper appreciation of these technology trends, plan for emerging risks and opportunities and ensure greater return on IT investments by extending the asset lifecycle and maximising productivity.