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The CIO’s New Year’s Resolutions: Security and Cloud

This article was written by Nina Buik, CMO of Connect.


With the New Year just around the corner, now is the time for one of the most important activities of the year – setting resolutions for 2013. To gain insight into the leading IT resolutions for 2013, HP’s largest business technology user community, Connect, performed a survey of its global members to uncover the key priorities and biggest roadblocks for IT projects in the New Year.


It’s no surprise that cloud and virtualization were listed as hot topics for the upcoming year. However, security was actually the leading IT priority, with 46 percent of respondents identifying it as one of their top IT projects for 2013.


What this tells us is that, yes, everybody is looking at embracing innovations, such as cloud, but the challenge is how to do that securely. In terms of inhibitors, the number one pain point customers are facing is budget constraints – with an astonishing 75 percent of respondents citing it as a major roadblock for adopting new technologies.


Based on these findings, CIOs are looking for new ways to minimize risk and overcome budget constraints by driving efficiency and doing more with less. These were key topics of conversation at last week’s HP Discover Frankfurt and Meg Whitman’s keynote. HP continues to develop new technology and services to help customers find new ways to securely improve their bottom line.


Despite great innovations from vendors like HP, CIOs can’t do it alone. That’s where communities like Connect come in.


Over the past three years, Connect’s community has grown by 19,000 members. Our community represents active and engaged HP business technology professionals united in their desire to achieve organizational and personal objectives by maximizing the ROI attainable from HP technologies. They share best practices, learn from each other’s expertise and forge strong partnerships with HP to identify new ways to achieve their IT goals.


As far as our resolution for Connect – we look forward to another year of working with our dedicated members to help to help them advance their careers, drive efficiency in their organizations and develop the best IT solutions for their businesses!

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