6 CIOs share their strategic visions for 2013

By John Brandon, CIO |  IT Management

Having a strategic vision in place is critical for success. Without a roadmap, IT can become too caught up in technology trends. For the six CIOs interviewed here, having a renewed focus on a core strategy for 2013 means directing the entire staff along a predetermined route-disaster recovery in the cloud, social networking, device independence and more. This, in turn, will drive business decisions, identify key priorities for their IT departments and demonstrate to end users a commitment to better usability.

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Read these six CIO strategies for 2013 and see how they compare to your organization's plans for the rest of the year.

Xerox: Run IT Like a Business

Many large companies grapple with making sure IT does not become too enamored by technology and, as a result, deploy new services simply because they are cutting edge. Carol Zierhoffer, vice president and global CIO for Xerox, told CIO.com she is leading a charge to reduce the Xerox product offerings by 50% (from 1,300 to fewer than 600).

Zierhoffer says her main goal in 2013 is to make decisions like a business: Knowing how much is being spent on projects, including who and what is driving those expenditures.

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Pershing: Embrace the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

Pershing, a financial services consultancy based in Jersey City, N.J., is going to embrace the cloud as part of a corporate strategy to deal with disaster recovery.

After Hurricane Sandy, the co-CIO team of Ram Nagappan and Lucille Mayer decided to investigate the cloud more thoroughly. They found the security and costs were in line with their disaster recovery plans. Pershing also plans to make mobile apps and platforms a bigger priority, with the realization that 2013 will be the year when companies make mobile a top priority, especially for employees on touchscreen laptops.

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