For CIOs, has to be more than IT

New year 2013
Posted under: From the Blog 28th of January, 2013

Gartner’s 2012 survey of 2,000 CIOs has found less emphasis on systems, more on digital business initiatives. “Survey Shows CIOs are Using Technology to “Amplify” the Enterprise”

As needs and opportunities evolve, more CIOs are branching out into areas outside of traditional IT, assuming responsibility for finding new digital opportunities and harvesting value.

If you look at the lists below–for technology and business priorities–there probably aren’t too many surprises. Analytics/BI tops the list, followed by mobile, then cloud, and so on.

What’s really new and different is evidence that CIOs are increasingly evolving into “chief digital officers” (CDOs). This is more than semantics; it suggests a shift away from overseeing systems and applications to overseeing their organization’s efforts to build new channels and markets. (Well, actually, “CIO” might still be a better label, since the impetus is still harvesting value from information, not just being “digital.”)

Nevertheless, almost a fifth of CIOs now act as their enterprise’s CDO, leading digital commerce and channels. More CIOs “will find themselves leading in areas outside of traditional IT,” Gartner predicted

Source: ZDNet

Top 10 CIO Business and Technology Priorities in 2012

Top 10 Business Priorities

Ranking

Top 10 Technology Priorities

Ranking

Increasing enterprise growth

1

Analytics and business intelligence

1

Attracting and retaining new customers

2

Mobile technologies

2

Reducing enterprise costs

3

Cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)

3

Creating new products and services (innovation)

4

Collaboration technologies (workflow)

4

Delivering operational results

5

Virtualization

5

Improving efficiency

6

Legacy Modernization

6

Improving profitability (margins)

7

IT Management

7

Attracting and retaining the workforce

8

CRM

8

Improving marketing and sales effectiveness

9

ERP Applications

9

Expanding into new markets and geographies

10

Security

10

Source: Gartner Executive Programs (January 2012)

 

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