CIO workload mounts

By Scarlet Pruitt

CIOs who have been pinched by budget constraints are now finding themselves overwhelmed with work as companies decide that they can no longer delay critical hardware and software upgrades, a new survey indicates.

In a poll of more than 1,400 CIOs, 20 per cent said that their workload has increased significantly in the last 12 months, while 35 per cent said that their workload has increased somewhat.

Forty-six per cent of the CIOs polled said that new projects accounted for the increase in their workloads, while 36 per cent said that corporate expansion had put more work on their plates. Meanwhile, nine per cent of those polled said that a decrease in IT staff accounted for their extra workloads.

The influx of new projects is in part due to company decisions to move ahead with postponed IT upgrades, said Executive Director Katherine Spencer Lee. She added that many systems purchased in the technology boom of the late 1990s are nearing the end of their life cycles.

The poll was published by Robert Half Technology in Menlo Park, Calif., and conducted by an independent research firm.