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

PR Newswire

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 12, 2014

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --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).

Nearly two out of three (63 percent) CIOs and information 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/ITpriorities).

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.

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Contact: Kathy Keller, (650) 234-6252, kathy.keller@protiviti.com
 
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