The Rise of the Creative CIO

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-11-2016 Email

A clear majority of global CIOs said their influence within their organization is rising, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG. The resulting report, titled “The Creative CIO,” indicates that most CIOs now serve as members of the executive committee, for example. Many CIOs are also working with company leaders to develop a formalized digital strategy enterprisewide. The report reflects a broad range of findings impacting today’s tech leaders, especially with regard to their support of strategic objectives. It’s also encouraging to see that far more CIOs expect to expand staffing to pursue these goals in comparison to those who anticipate a decrease in headcount. “In the last two years, IT leaders have become newly invigorated,” according to the report. “The days of budget cuts and staff losses are well behind us … Digital is most definitely real and it is changing the way in which everyone thinks about IT. CIOs are experimenting with innovative apps and some are even changing long-established core business models. Everyone, it seems, is now focused on finding ways to give their (organization) an edge in an increasingly challenging business world.” More than 3,350 global CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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