Technology spending is set to move to the front of many business agendas over the coming months, and it seems that women chief information officers (CIO) are the most willing to allocate funding. Research carried out by Gartner found that female CIOs plan to increase their budgets 2.4 per cent this year, which compared to 0.8 per cent among their male counterparts.
This is the second consecutive year that this trend has emerged, indicating that female executives may be more inclined to recognise the benefits of membership card printers and other technology.
Vice-president and Gartner fellow Tina Nunno explained that it is not easy to determine why this difference exists. However, it might be fair to say that women are more cautious about underinvesting in risk initiatives.
"The risk data, combined with budget numbers, may indicate that female CIOs are more focused on the resource side of the digital equation than their male peers and are, therefore, requesting and accumulating more IT budget money," Ms Nunno noted.
Men and women CIOs were asked to name their top five technology priorities for the coming year. They agreed that infrastructure and data centres, analytics, the cloud, mobile technologies and enterprise resource planning should be given the greatest attention.
Gartner also recently highlighted the growth in smart machines, which are in many cases leading to less human input within organisations. As these machines become increasingly advanced, it is likely that this will lead to yet more changes for global businesses.
The group's Stephen Prentice said the idea of these machines gaining their own sense of consciousness is still the work of science fiction, but it nevertheless opens up the debate on the role of technology in the workplace.
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