Are CIOs Ignoring Web 2.0 Technologies?

By Allan Alter  |  Posted 2006-05-10 Print this article Print

Users are taking the plunge into blogs, RSS, podcasts, tagging, and Wikis. But many CIOs have cold feet about letting users try out new, innovative technologies.

Is IT innovation just the privilege of IT organizations? That appears to be the attitude of many IT executives. According to the June 2005 Innovation survey, CIOs believe that IT has a critical role to play in innovation, particularly process innovation. Yet most appear to be taking a proprietary, even parochial view of emerging technologies. Few encourage business users to experiment, even with free applications they can download from the Web. That may explain why most respondents say Web 2.0 technologies have not been frequently deployed, despite their explosive growth and low cost. Even more remarkable is how many IT executives say their company has no interest in these applications. Might companies enjoy more innovation and higher payoffs from emerging technologies if users were given freer rein to try them out? And are IT organizations setting themselves up for the same kind of shadow IT activity that occurred when IT organizations tried to squelch personal and client/server computing? That could already be happening at many companies where there's supposedly no interest in Web 2.0 technologies.

What emerging technologies are on your CIO's radar screen—and which aren't? Read our 2006 survey's findings:

  • Computing and Software Technologies
  • Mobility, Collaboration and Business Process Technologies
  • Emerging Technologies That Have Yet to Emerge

    Read our previous emerging technology surveys:

  • Innovation Makes Emerging Technologies Pay Off
  • Emerging Technologies 2004: What's the Business Case for New Technologies?
  • Emerging Technologies 2003: Are New Technologies Adding Business Value?

    Tell us what you think: onlineeditors@cioinsight.com

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Executive Editor

Allan Alter has been a specialist on information technology management, strategy and leadership for many years. Most recently, he was editor-in-chief and the director of new content development for the MIT Sloan Management Review. He has been a columnist and department editor at Computerworld, where he won three awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors. Previously he was a special projects editor, senior editor and senior writer for CIO magazine. Earlier, Alter was an associate editor for Mass High Tech. He has edited two books: The Squandered Computer: Evaluating the Business Alignment of Business Technologies and Redesigning the Firm.


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