The latest Gartner Executive Programs (GXP) CIO survey finds that a challenging spending climate hasn’t dampened the expectation that IT departments will need to contribute to business performance improvements during the coming year, reports Jim Ericson of Insurance Networking News’ sister publication DM Review.

The global survey of 1,527 CIOs conducted in September/December 2008 finds that one-third of CIOs see no change in their budgets for 2009, 46% report slight increases and 21% reported cuts in spending. While CIOs will continue to invest in technologies outside the infrastructure core, the focus “has shifted from planting emerging technologies to harvesting enterprise investments.”

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