Business initiatives trump operational activities
With budgets tight these last few years, organizations got away with limiting spending to operational IT projects that "kept the lights on" and maintained status quo. Not so in 2014 when IT departments will shift focus back to initiatives that drive revenue growth and improve business processes, the survey found.
ARINC, a global provider of communications, engineering and integration solutions, was sold in 2013 to Rockwell Collins, so the priority for 2014 will be to integrate some corporate systems, according to Rick Napolitano, CIO and VP of corporate technology. "We are to be a standalone business unit so individual applications may be left alone," he says, but the financial and communications platforms will definitely be combined.