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Are CIOs being given the strategic role they deserve?

The numbers tell the story in our 2012 State of the CIO survey

CIO asked the most senior IT executives in many organisations, supporting an average of 4000 internal users, what their key priorities were over the next 12 months.

Perhaps one of the most encouraging findings from online surveys with these IT leaders is that only 23 per cent of respondents said the business viewed the IT organisation as a cost centre, down from 36 per cent in 2011.

Some of the key findings included:

More strategic thinking

  • 61 per cent of their time is spent on strategic thinking and planning
  • 46 per cent on improving IT operations and system performance
  • 43 per cent on aligning IT initiatives with business goals
  • 37 per cent on tapping expertise to run the IT function
  • 35 per cent on change leadership.

Technology priorities

  • 56 per cent said mobile technologies was their top technology priority
  • 40 per cent said business intelligence and analytics
  • 37 per cent said updating legacy systems
  • 28 per cent said cloud: software-as-a-service
  • 27 per cent said collaboration technologies.

IT management priorities

  • 54 per cent said improving business processes was their top IT management priority
  • 48 per cent said increasing IT capacity and resources to drive innovation
  • 45 per cent said marketing the IT department so the business has a better understanding of IT's capabilities and processes
  • 37 per cent said lowering IT's operational costs to free up money for new initiatives
  • 30 per cent said increasing the scope of IT's centralised or shared services to improve efficiency.

Technology trends that matter to CIO

  • 32 per cent said mobility mattered the most
  • 30 per cent said cloud computing
  • 15 per cent said big data
  • 12 per cent said consumerisation
  • 10 per cent said social media.

CIO's State of the CIO 2012 survey will be published soon.

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It's not about being 'given' the strategic role a CIO deserves - a CIO has got to earn it !! managing stakeholders, credibility, execution are some of the ingredients CIO must mix together in order to be given a seat at the Big Exec table and to then assume the more strategic role a CIO must aspire to, or there will never be the alignment between and support of the business a CIO must provide..



Gordon that is being very, how can I say Industry Standard.
Are you saying that CFO, COO and other C-level executives don't have to prove the same aspect as the CIO?
If you say Yes all other C-Level executives have to earn it just like CIO then I agree with you.
But then there is the industry assumption that because its ICT its not important as CFO, COO and other C-Level executives.

Little does everyone realise that without a good CIO your company is doomed to struggle or even potentially fail since modern day economy is based on ICT more than anything else.

Problem is Industry forces CIOs to be reactive rather than proactive for most part.
Realistically CIOs need to grow a pair and actually assert their influence not only on their internal counterparts but on the industry as a whole.

This is one major reason industries that are not based or driven by ICT driven individuals are slow to grow.

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