The second most important technology in the survey is mobile, said Gartner, which asked 2,335 CIOs globally about their business and technology priorities for the year ahead. The CIOs, who were surveyed in the fourth quarter of 2011, control $321 billion worth of IT spending in 45 countries.
The survey also found that IT budgets globally will be essentially flat, but with much variation regionally.
In North America, IT budgets will decrease 0.6% compared to 2011, even as they rise by 12.7% in Latin America. The Asia/Pacific region will see a 3.4% increase this year, while Europe is expected to be down by 0.7%. According to Gartner larger organizations are the ones that have been cutting.
Gartner's full list of CIO tech priorities shows that priorities have shifted some in the past year. Here's the list, along with information on where the topic was ranked last year.
The survey also looked at business priorities and ranked them as well.