CIOs seem to be feeling kind of down lately. Close to two-thirds of them recently surveyed by Deloitte do not see their IT departments as the hub of innovation within their organizations. Almost half say the reason they constrained from participating in the innovation wave is because of conflicting IT priorities, along with tight budgets. Also, the business just doesn't understand what IT is all about.

Those are some of the takeaways of Deloitte's latest CIO Survey, based on more than 700 responses from across the globe. CIOs report that, on average, 60 percent of their budgets go into “business-as-usual” activities – which means maintenance and upgrades. This actually isn't bad compared to other studies I've seen that assign 75 percent of IT budgets to maintenance mode, but still nonetheless points to the challenge of getting IT out in front of innovation efforts.

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