HP Unveils Business Assessment to Help CIOs Set IT Priorities

HP Unveils Business Assessment to Help CIOs Set IT Priorities


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HP announced the HP Business Outcome Dynamics Assessment, a complimentary online questionnaire that provides chief information officers (CIOs) the information they need to determine technology priorities.

The assessment results are based on an enterprise’s productivity, agility and security benchmarks as measured against its industry peers and profit leaders.

CIOs must align IT resources to drive a wide range of enterprise outcomes. They need to make decisions about which things to prioritize and often need to make trade-offs in flexibility, innovation, productivity and security.

According to recent HP research, a growing number of organizations recognize that strong alignment between the enterprise and IT facilitates improved customer satisfaction. In fact, a survey consisting of in-depth discussions with more than 350 CIOs and IT decision makers worldwide on behalf of HP, revealed that 90 percent of senior IT executives actively use technology as a catalyst for business or mission change.

The assessment uses a similar approach to a personality indicator and measures respondents along three axes:

— Productivity determines if an organization is top-line, revenue-generating focused or bottom-line, cost-conscious focused.

— Agility reveals whether an organization is innovative and proactively seeks change or is pragmatic and only changes in response to specific business needs.

— Security uncovers whether an organization is fortressed and sees security as a competitive differentiator or is shielded and primarily engages in security initiatives to fulfill compliance requirements.

Mixing the options for each of the three axes yields eight specific profiles, representing various organizational IT management philosophies such as Deliberate Navigators, Protective Pioneers and Watchful Galvanizers. Based on the results of the survey, the two most common technology profiles favored revenue generation over cost cutting:

— Compliance Centric – These top-line focused organizations maintain balance by being pragmatic about change and adopting new technology with caution;

— Constant Evolvers – These innovative organizations embrace new technologies while avoiding security risks.


Coleman Parkes Research Ltd. conducted the HP-commissioned survey by performing 357 discussions with senior technology executives of large organizations across 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States .Each interviewee represented a company with more than 4,000 employees, except for organizations in the United States, which had more than 10,000 employees.

More information on the HP Business Outcomes Dynamics Assessment is available at www.hp.com/go/bod.

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