Nearly Two in Three Companies Are Undergoing a Major IT Transformation, According to New Survey from Protiviti

 Nearly Two in Three Companies Are Undergoing a Major IT Transformation,  According to New Survey from Protiviti  More than 1,100 CIOs and IT professionals surveyed indicate they are pulled in  multiple directions to address critical challenges that include security  breaches and continuity failures  MENLO PARK, Calif., March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Nearly two out of three (63  percent) CIOs andinformation technology professionals report that there is a  "major IT transformation" underway in their organizations, driven largely by  broader efforts to deliver added value, enhance business performance and  increase security, according to a new survey by global consulting firm  Protiviti (www.Protiviti.com).  The 2014 IT Priorities Survey (www.protiviti.com/ITpriorities) found that the  roles of CIOs and business-minded technology leaders continue to adapt to a  broader scope of responsibilities, and are shifting further from supportive  functions and more toward an integrated aspect of overall business strategy  and operations.  "More so than in prior years, IT departments are not only altering their  structures, they are transforming their fundamental mission," said Kurt  Underwood, a managing director with Protiviti and global leader of the firm's  IT consulting practice. "The IT function's objective is evolving from simply  responding to last year's technology requests to helping shape aspects of  business strategy through execution with an integrated approach to operations  that adds value and protects the enterprise."  More than 1,100 respondents, including CIOs, IT vice presidents, and IT  directors provided responses about the key issues and capabilities they  consider priorities this year. Based on the survey findings, the top five  major areas that present the most pressing challenges for IT professionals are:          1. Enhancing and protecting business value– aligning and          integrating IT risk management and business continuity          capabilities with broader, long-term business strategy       2. Cybersecurity – managing and strengthening security and          privacy for the organizations' systems and data is now a top          priority across all industries       3. Data classification – effectively organizing, managing, and          securing growing amounts of data within the organization       4. IT asset and data management – improving data and          information governance programs, driven by the growing use of          mobile devices and applications and the continued integration of          cloud computing into IT strategy and processes       5. Mobile platforms and social media – incorporating secure,          integrated systems for mobile commerce, devices, etc. and          addressing social media safeguards and strategy within the          organization  An In-depth Look at Key IT Challenges and Priorities Protiviti's 2014 IT  Priorities Survey assessed the importance of a variety of areas across 10  different technology-related categories.  When asked to rate specific areas that are considered priorities on a scale of  one (lowest) to 10 (highest), respondents consistently ranked topics linked to  cybersecurity and managing data privacy as "significant priorities" (greater  than 6.0) across several different categories. In the Managing Security and  Privacy category, both "developing and maintaining security and privacy  standards" and "monitoring security events" ranked highly with a 6.4 rating.  Numerous aspects of "incident response" also ranked highly with a 6.3 rating  and "managing and classifying enterprise data" was deemed to be a "significant  priority" as well with a 6.2 rating.  In light of a range of factors such as weather-related events, natural  disasters and cyber-attacks, companies have placed added emphasis on  preparedness to protect against business disruptions. In the Ensuring  Continuity category, three areas ranked as top priorities. "Business  continuity management and disaster recovery program testing;" "developing and  maintaining IT disaster recovery plans;" and "ensuring business alignment" all  ranked highest in the category with ratings of 6.2.  CIOs and IT professionals completing Protiviti's survey indicated that there  will be greater priority placed on strategic integration into the broader  enterprise. In the Defining IT Governance and Strategy category, issues  including "key performance indicators (KPIs) and monitoring IT costs and  benefits," as well as "integration/alignment of IT planning and business  strategy" ranked among the highest priorities with a 6.5 rating.  About the Survey Protiviti's 2014 IT Priorities Survey was fielded within the  last 90 days globally with the majority of respondents from North America.  More than half of the participants work in publicly traded companies and  represent virtually all industry sectors, with others working across a variety  of private, government and not-for-profit organizations.  Survey Resources Available: Report, Webinar, Infographic, Benchmarking Tool  Protiviti's 2014 IT Priorities Survey report and an infographic of survey  highlights, along with a short video, are available for complimentary download  at www.protiviti.com/ITpriorities. Additionally, a podcast featuring Underwood  discussing the survey results is also available on the Protiviti website at  www.protiviti.com/podcasts.  On April 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, Protiviti will host a free webinar to  explore the survey results and their implications for IT leaders. Protiviti's  Kurt Underwood will be joined by Protiviti Managing Directors from the firm's  IT Consulting practice: Cal Slemp, Jeff Sanchez and Mike Schultz. To register  for the one-hour webinar, visit www.protiviti.com/webinars.  Additionally, Protiviti is offering a free online benchmarking tool to enable  IT professionals to compare their organization's IT capabilities and  priorities to the survey findings, available at  www.protiviti.com/ITpriorities. Users can submit their own responses to  questions from the survey about their technical knowledge, management of IT  and organizational capabilities, and then download their results in a  personalized report showing how they compare to the companies in Protiviti's  survey.  About Protiviti Protiviti (www.protiviti.com) is a global consulting firm that  helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance,  risk and internal audit, and has served more than 35 percent of FORTUNE  1000(®) and FORTUNE Global 500(®) companies. Protiviti and its independently  owned Member Firms serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations  in over 20 countries. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies,  including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies.  Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE: RHI). Founded in  1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index.  Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does  not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140312/SF81804-INFO  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090115/AQTH541LOGO  Editor's note: infographic of survey highlights available in PDF or JPEG  formats.    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