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Digital opportunities and threats

Linda Price, group vice-president, executive programmes, Gartner | April 25, 2013
CIOs face a future torn between current operations and digital opportunities. Hunting for digital innovation and harvesting that value across the enterprise describes a deeper role for technology in the enterprise and a step outside the comfort zone for many.

According to the Gartner Executive Programmes 2013 CIO Survey, the vast majority of CIOs in Australia and New Zealand have significant leadership responsibilities outside of IT, with only 22 percent having no other responsibilities (see table on left).

CIO tenure with the enterprise is a significant factor in gaining responsibilities outside of IT. The longer the tenure, including time not as a CIO, the more context and connections the CIO has for playing a broader role in the enterprise. ANZ CIOs have spent on average 4.2 years as CIO in their current organisation, close to the global average of 4.6 years.

One third of ANZ CIOs now act as their enterprise's chief digital officer, leading digital commerce and channels. Though this nascent role varies in scope and style, it normally includes championing the digital vision for the business.

CIOs face a future torn between current operations and digital opportunities. Hunting for digital innovation and harvesting that value across the enterprise describes a deeper role for technology in the enterprise and a step outside the comfort zone for many.

To make room for this, set aside old tools and adopt new rules: there is simply not enough IT capacity to start new things without stopping others. 

 

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