Data security is one of three top concerns for 55% of C-level execs
Data security is one of three top concerns for 55% of C-level execs

“We learned that even during these times of political and economic uncertainty and technology, American and European executives are cautiously optimistic,” said Christian Ofori-Boateng, CEO of ChristianSteven Software.


New research from ChristianSteven Software outlines the results of a survey of more than 500 C-level executives from across Europe and the US. More than half of senior executives are concerned about competition from disruptors in their industry.


Ninety-one percent of respondents are hopeful about the future of technology in their business.

Data security is ranked as one of the top three business priorities for 54.8 percent of C-level executives.

The biggest IT concerns in 2017 are security (46.5 percent), followed by information or the world of technology (30.2 percent) and automation (23.3 percent).


Over half (59 percent) are not concerned that increased automation will threaten their businesses.


Half (51 percent) of executives said gaining or retaining clients is their top business priority for 2017. Meanwhile, 34 percent said making technology and/or product advancements to stay ahead of competitors are their top priority.


Some of the biggest business intelligence priorities included real-time information and updates (39.5 percent), detailed data analysis (21 percent) and multiple platform capabilities (14.5 percent).


Ofori-Boateng said, “Our study allowed us to take a close look at the business and IT concerns that top executives are focused on, allowing us to provide the best BI reporting.


“Real time information is the number one business intelligence priority across industries. We know that goes hand in hand with information security, and will continue to hold both needs as a top priority in product development.”