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State of the CIO 2015

Byron Connolly and Nadia Cameron | Oct. 8, 2015
If there’s one thing all CIOs arguably now have in common, it’s that they can’t escape the impact of digital change.

This result was reflected in the top priorities CIOs are being set by the CEO, a list that was again led by completing a major enterprise project this year, followed by simplifying IT.

In addition, there’s a higher percentage of change management facilitation being undertaken by CIOs, with half of all CIOs currently involved in these activities (49 percent).

All of these figures point to the fact that CIOs and their CEOs know it’s time to put the hard yards in and get the right IT platforms and processes in place for future competitive advantage and differentiation.

Many CIOs also expect their current focus on managing IT crises will have decreased over the next few years. While 28 percent see this as part of their focus today, only 10 percent expect it to be so in the future. While there’s certainly a bit of wishful thinking in these responses, what the result also suggests is that the shift to cloud services could see such potential headaches either placed into third-party hands, or removed altogether.

The emphasis in the next 3-5 years will be developing new go-to-market strategies and technologies (rising by 9 percent to the next 3-5 years), as well as identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation (up 12 percent in 35 years compared to currently).

Against this, what the State of the CIO report does consistently show year-on-year is there’s still a way to come before IT is holistically viewed as a value and growth driver for the business over cost. This year, 19 percent still say they’re perceived as a cost centre in the business, underappreciated, misunderstood or unfulfilled.

However, there has been a steady year-on-year decline in the number of CIOs who believe they are perceived as a cost. This year’s result was down 4 percent down on 2014, 5 percent on 2013 and 14 percent on 2011.

Let’s hope with all the work on innovation, this decreases again next year.

 

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