Last June, Sandy Kemsley commented on how far CIOs are behind the times with respect to adoption of Web 2.0 technologies based upon survey results published in CIO Insight magazine. Well, CIO Insight recently published their 'Top Trends 2007' analysis and the news on this front isn't any better than it was last year.
Here's the breakdown of response percentages stating that the indicated technology is of "no interest" and "not on the radar screen" (percentage in parentheses is from the 2006 report that Sandy referenced):
SaaS: 37% (32%)
SOA: 27% (30%)
RSS: 38% (38%)
Podcasts: 49% (not referenced)
Social Networking (tags, social bookmarks, virtual communities): 51% (51%)
Wikis: 46% (46%)
This year's survey sheds some light on why this is with the results of three follow-up questions. The first asked is Web 2.0 technologies increase security risks, to which 74% agreed. Next, respondents were asked if their company encourages employees to experiment with free or inexpensive Web-based applications - 68% disagreed. Finally, 73% agreed with the statement that the corporate IT department should evaluate new technologies first before any users try them out.
The answers to the follow-ups lend credence to IT management feeling threatened by Web 2.0 technologies, and as long as they have their hands at the organization's IT controls, I have doubts that adoption of these emergent technologies is going to occur at the pace that some folks would have you believe. It will be futile to stop the spread of these technologies over time, but it looks like a substantial number of IT managers are going to give it their best shot trying.
Perhaps the third time - next year's survey - will be the charm. If there isn't significant improvement in these numbers, the Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 crowd will need to realize that the chasm here is much wider than they originally thought.