Report: CFOs often lead cloud computing decisions

Cloud servers are among the most common IT investments for businesses today and, more often than not, it is the chief financial officer driving the demand to implement the solutions. According to a new study by Gartner, the CFO is increasingly becoming the leading technology investment decision-maker in many companies.

The survey revealed that 44 percent of CFOs said their role in IT decision making has increased since 2010.

"This year's results show that, in most organizations, the CFO and CIO work together to finance IT and provide information that supports enterprise processes," Gartner research vice president John Van Decker said. "But there is also an opportunity for them to form a powerful alliance that generates more value for the enterprise."

The study also found there are four major technology trends that CFOs will need to address in 2012, including social, mobile, cloud computing and information strategies.

According to a separate report by Deloitte, 40 percent of organizations view the cloud as one of their top three investments for 2012. As more companies demand the hosted technologies, CFOs will be pushed into the role of leading the next-generation technology's implementation.

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