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CIO neglected: Galaxy

Brian Karlovsky | Dec. 5, 2013
Only 11 per cent of CIOs in Australia report directly to the chief executive, making top-down IT decision making the exception, rather than the rule.

Most organisations are neglecting chief information officers, a Galaxy report has found.

A new study has revealed only 11 per cent of CIO's report directly to the chief executive, making top-down IT decision making the exception, rather than the rule.

Lenovo and Intel have announced the findings of new research in the form of a whitepaper revealing that nearly half of CIOs and Heads of IT in Australia want to report to the CEO but only 11 per cent actually do.

The Technology to Strategy whitepaper explores the dynamic environment Australian technology leaders operate in as well as recent changes experienced by CIOs and Heads of IT in the areas of business strategy, organisational alignment, and transformation.

The study, conducted by Galaxy Research, found that more than a quarter of CIOs now believe their main priority is to align their roles with their company's business objectives while 23 per cent listed business transformation as their primary goal.

Lenovo executive director A/NZ, Matt Codrington said it was important to understand the ever-changing roles technology leaders played in the business landscape.

"This is why Lenovo and Intel embarked on this whitepaper research, so we can understand how technology leaders can work more effectively in their respective organisations."

According to the companies, technology is now an integral part of any business.

"It is clear why CIOs and Heads of IT believe it is appropriate for them to report directly to the CEO," a spokesperson said.

"They want to shift away from their traditional infrastructure management duties and have more influence when interacting with fellow executives and management over the business strategy and direction," a spokesperson said.

"However, given only 11 percent of technology leaders actually report to the CEO, organisations may be neglecting the importance of IT as a vital component of business. Many CIOs and Heads of IT still report to the COO, which may hinder the ability for technology to play a transformational role within the business.

Codrington said executive leaders had to do more Australia must do more when it came to incorporating CIOs and Heads of IT in the conversations taking place at the highest levels of our organisations.

"While we will often have the vision for where we want to move our business to, CEOs certainly don't have all the answers when it comes to understanding what technology can support and underpin this vision," he said.

 

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