As such, Giron expects CIOs to focus on accelerating the transformation of the culture of the IT organisation while changing the mindset and ways of working around security, agile and DevOps next year.
He advised CIOs to "reskill the technology management team on modern technologies like cloud, with a focus on securing cloud workloads, orchestrating services, and including new container platforms in the cloud portfolio."
"API is another area where CIOs will beef up their capabilities, not only for internal integration purposes, but also as a way to enable the business to reshape the business strategy by exposing and monetising existing business capabilities. [CIOs should also] embrace open source to speed up innovation. These sound technologies offer scalability, access to vibrant communities that manage core talent, and the opportunity to tap into new ways of working that speed up innovation. Besides that, more discerning CIOs will continue to expose their teams to human-centred design approaches," he added.
Sid Deshpande, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner, also expects CIOs to continue playing a big role in digital transformation. "In 2017, CIOs will need to shift their enterprise from a linear-value-chain business, trading with well-known partners and adding value in steps, to being part of a faster and more dynamic networked digital ecosystem."
"Key digital technologies/concepts that CIOs will invest in to achieve business outcomes include digital security, advanced analytics, IoT, business algorithms, machine learning, AR, virtual customer assistants, smart robots, blockchain and autonomous vehicles," he said.
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