[CIO Survey 2014]

About Survey

The first ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Survey, run in association with Telkom Business, was conducted online on ITWeb from 1 August to 1 September. It focused on operational priorities, business value of IT, sourcing and strategic priorities.

The survey targeted CIOs or equivalent IT executives at corporates and public sector organisations. It attracted 158 participants. About 65% of the response base are large enterprises – employing over 500 people. Half of the participants fall into either financial, government, mining, manufacturing, or ICT.


There are a number of insightful global CIO surveys in existence, and some take into account South African feedback. But none so far has entirely focused on the challenges that are unique to South Africa’s CIOs.

The Brainstorm CIO Survey 2014 aims to establish an annual South African IT strategy benchmark report that will help business leaders and technology suppliers understand the needs of the CIOs, and, above all, enable CIOs themselves to compare how their challenges, priorities and strategies compare to those of their peers.

Release and publication of the results

The results of the Brainstorm CIO Survey were released at the inaugural Brainstorm CIO Banquet on 2 October 2014.

You can read an executive summary of the survey results here

A detailed research report will be released in HTML and PDF in the last week of November 2014.

The report is free of charge to all survey respondents. It will also available for purchase from ITWeb’s online store.

ITWeb credentials

ITWeb has 15 years of experience in conducting industry surveys. Its annual salary survey is established as the local IT industry’s definitive annual remuneration reference guide, with over 4 000 respondents on average

Brainstorm magazine’s primary audience is made up of IT decision-makers across all vertical sectors. With engaging and relevant technology and business content, its monthly CIO roundtables and the annual CIO Directory, Brainstorm reaches a sizable pool of top-level IT executives.


Survey results: Executive summary
About the survey
Picture gallery
About our sponsors
ITWeb Events: CIO Banquet
ITWeb Brainstorm, in association with Telkom Business, launched the first annual South African CIO Survey. The results of this benchmark report were revealed at a lavish banquet on 2 October 2014 at The Venue in Melrose Arch.
ITWeb Events: CIO Banquet Panel Discussion
The Brainstorm CIO Banquet panel discussion, facilitated by ITWeb's Jon Tullett, featured IDC's Mark Walker, Gartner's George Ambler and Ovum's Richard Hurst.


Brainstorm CIO Survey a vital research tool
Johannesburg, 19 August 2014
Almost 100 responses have been received for the inaugural Brainstorm CIO Survey 2014, proving how seriously top South African IT leaders are taking this first-ever initiative.
All set for Brainstorm's SA CIO survey
Johannesburg, 29 Jul 2014
South Africa's top CIOs will tell it like it is, through the first Brainstorm CIO Survey being conducted by ITWeb Brainstorm, in association with Telkom Business.

In partnership with ITWeb Brainstorm, Telkom Business is proud to be associated with South Africa’s first, widely circulated and publicised Brainstorm CIO Survey. Telkom Business is part of Telkom SA SOC Limited, one of Africa’s largest telecommunications companies, providing integrated communication solutions to business customers across various sectors. With its combined offering of fixed voice, data, cloud and mobile capabilities, it is well positioned to be the converged ICT market leader. For more information, please visit


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