Cloud computing implementations are helping more Australian chief information officers to prepare for chief executive officer roles, according to a new global report conducted by CA Technologies.
The Future Role of the CIO report, which surveyed 30 CIOs in Australia, found that 46 per cent of Cloud adopting CIOs saw their current job as a stepping stone to the CEO position.
More than half of the CIOs surveyed said they felt ready to move to the CEO role because Cloud computing allows them to spend more time on innovation, business strategy and driving business effectiveness.
However, the report also found that only 4 per cent of CEOs have risen from a CIO position globally.
In addition, 93 per cent who had adopted Cloud saw the CIO position as an opportunity to be promoted to another management role, while 60 per cent of respondents reported they had more time to work on business projects.
In addition, 93 per cent of CIO Cloud adopters indicated they need new skills to remain effective compared to 63 per cent of CIOs who had not implemented Cloud computing. Commercial procurement, service performance skills, negotiation and sales skills were considered important by those surveyed.
According to Hudson ICT Australia director, Martin Retschko, the role of the CIO is no longer about technology. “In Australia, we are seeing that this position is evolving from the traditionally technical role of a CIO to one that is more strategic and business focused,” he said in a statement.
“CIOs that show an understanding of, and commitment to developing the business, are much more likely to evolve beyond their traditional role.”
Retschko added that CEOs and CIOs share the same skill-set, particularly in terms of managing budgets, new projects and communicating their plans and strategies with internal and external stakeholders.
“The role of CIO will continue to extend beyond its technical attributes and we expect to see an increase in the number of CIOs taking on broader, C-level roles,” he said.
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