All this talk about merging business goals with IT seems to have reared its ugly head. With the best possible intentions and following the ultimate in best practice methodology, insurance CIOs are trying to make the marriage work. Is their time and effort well placed? Are they being successful?Not according to a recent report issued by Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based research firm, which cites the two most powerful "disruptors" to the CIO's mandate for 2005: the need to provide better solutions in a business environment of growing risk and uncertainty, and changes in the technology landscape.

"Business line users are adopting technology and enterprise applications without considering the strategic IT implications of their tactical investments or actions," says the report. "Security is greatly compromised when an enterprise adopts open source technologies or uses instant messaging, insecure wireless devices and networks, or PDAs to exchange or share sensitive company information."

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