The CIO's Influence in the Business Is Growing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-30-2016 Email

In addition to being perceived as trusted custodians of technology systems, CIOs and other tech leaders said they are becoming change instigators and business co-creators in their companies, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. The accompanying 2016-2017 global CIO survey, "Navigating Legacy: Charting the Course to Business Value," indicates that most CIOs now come to their positions from leadership roles outside the IT department—frequently within a business area. Survey respondents think highly of their IT department's business acumen, which helps them meet expectations related to the improvement of business processes and innovation. And, to ensure their efforts align with immediate and long-term strategies in an enterprisewide manner, respondents said that over the next two years, they will seek to hire tech pros who are skilled in analytics, the customer and digital experience, and program management. "The CIO is well-positioned to influence and support the whole digital iceberg and to help create the right strategy, platforms and services to realize a holistic digital enterprise rather than a collection of disjointed departmental investments," according to the report. "[Because] many business priorities are related to the digital agenda, CIOs can be more responsive to bridging current gaps. Effective foresight enables them to effectively prepare themselves and their IT organizations to support the next business need and even influence the direction of the overall business." More than 1,215 global CIOs and other technology leaders took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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