A new year means a fresh start, and as we close out 2007, it's good to look ahead. While the issues for CIOs at large organizations seem to stay constant, there's always a new take on what you thought you knew. So take a look at our roundup of stories that look into the future of your five most pressing issues, with a little bit of insight from the year that was.
Staffing.The latest numbers from staffing firm Robert Half Technology show hiring prospects dimming slightly, though certain skills (Windows administration) are hot.
Cutting-edge technologies. Heading into 2008, CIOs plan to focus on service-oriented architecture, Web 2.0 and other agile and flexible technologies to meet the changing needs of the business.
IT budgets. Experts are predicting a decline in spending and cautions abound: Budget conservatively in 2008.
Business strategies. Aligning IT's needs with those of the business can be a delicate balancing act. Check out the top five IT/Business Strategies tips of 2007 for insights on developing a technology strategy and managing an IT organization that can consistently meet the business' needs.
Outsourcing. Despite reports that outsourcing business is waning, Gartner is predicting strong growth for offshoring in 2008.