The Honorees: Class of 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders List

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WHO THEY ARE

WHERE THEYRE BASED

 U.S. - 93%
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 U.K. - 2%
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 Canada - 1%
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 Germany - 1%
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 Hong Kong - 1%
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 Switzerland - 1%
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 India - 1%

Base = 727 respondents (numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding)

The most represented:

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 Texas 8
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 New York 7
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 Georgia 7
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 District of Columbia 7

The Premier 100 represent 30 states.

PEOPLE POWER

More than half of the 2007 IT leaders oversaw staffing growth within their departments this past year:
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 59% increased their staff size in the past year
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 8% decreased their staff size in the past year
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 30% had no change in their staffing size

Average size of IT staff: 2,566

Average size of IT staff for which each honoree is responsible: 1,489

WHAT THEY SPEND

Total IT Budget for 2007

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 $2 million to $4.9 million - 4%
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 $10 million to $49.9 million - 25%
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 $50 million to $100 million - 17%
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 $100 million to $249.9 million - 20%
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$250 million to $499.9 million -  12%
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$500 million to $999.9 million -  5%
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$1 billion to $1.5 billion -  8%
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Greater than $1.5 billion -  6%
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Dont know -  3%

Well over half of the 2007 IT leaders had charge of IT budgets that grew year to year, on average, by 13%.

IT Budget Change in 2006

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 13% Decreased
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 65% Increased
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 22% Remained the same

VENDOR TEAMING

This years Premier 100 IT Leaders work with some of the biggest players in the industry. Here are their top 10 strategic partners or vendors:

  1. IBM
  2. Microsoft Corp.
  3. Oracle Corp.
  4. Cisco Systems Inc.
  5. Hewlett-Packard Co.
  6. Dell Inc.
  7. SAP AG
  8. Sun Microsystems Inc.
  9. AT&T
  10. EMC Corp.

TOP PRIORITIES

IT leaders identified the most critical technologies that will receive funding priority at their companies in 2007:

  1. Application development and other software
  2. Data management and business intelligence
  3. Security tools
  4. IT and network infrastructure
  5. E-business software
  6. Disaster recovery and continuity planning
  7. Content management tools, including intranets, extranets and portals
  8. Wireless and mobile technology
  9. Storage networks

PIPELINE PROJECTS

Data management and IT governance projects top their lists of initiatives for 2007. Other projects on the Premier 100 IT Leaders to-do lists include the following:

  1. Data management, including data warehousing, business intelligence and data centers
  2. IT governance, including strategy and planning
  3. Systems integration, consolidation and upgrades
  4. Vertical industry-specific projects
  5. Infrastructure and systems management
  6. Enterprise resource planning
  7. Security iniatives
  8. Mobile and wireless technologies, including RFID
  9. On-demand computing and virtualization
  10. CRM

STICKING POINTS

IT leaders identified the top challenges theyre facing right now:

  1. Cost cuts, tight budgets
  2. Staffing issues, such as recruitment, skills shortages, staff development
  3. Change management issues, including cultural change
  4. Prioritizing projects, strategy, project management
  5. Balancing the needs of business with increasing demands on IT
  6. Regulatory compliance
  7. Systems or infrastructure upgrades or consolidations
  8. Integrating systems
  9. Strategic planning
  10. Staying innovative, agile and flexible

See the complete 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders special report.

Copyright © 2006 IDG Communications, Inc.

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