10 New Year's Resolutions for CIOs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-13-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If an underlying theme has emerged throughout many of the slideshow features we've presented on CIO Insight, it's that CIOs must take charge as strategic leaders within their organizations, as opposed to simply the tech boss. The former lends insights which elevate company performance, increase productivity and efficiency, augment customer engagement, and ultimately contribute significantly to their company's ROI. As for the latter? Well, it's an outdated impression of CIOs which confines their role to the most mundane and least rewarding of IT tasks. So to continue providing both research and, we hope, wisdom to further inspire you to maximize your value, here are 10 New Year's resolutions for CIOs. Even better, we've backed each one up with research that we've reported on over the past year. Sure, a New Year's resolution can seem hokey on a surface level, but continuous improvement should always remain a primary objective. And—unlike resolutions requiring an arduous commitment to physical exercise and proper diet—these objectives are within your reach.

 
 
 
  • Resolution: Focus More on Strategy and Less on the Grind

    Reason why: More than one-half of CIOs say they spend at least 70% of their time on day-to-day management instead of strategic planning and initiatives. (Source: Logicalis)
    Resolution: Focus More on Strategy and Less on the Grind
  • Resolution: Streamline Your Supervisory Functions

    Reason why: CIOs should have no more than five to seven direct reports. (Source: Janco Associates)
    Resolution: Streamline Your Supervisory Functions
  • Resolution: Get Key Influencers on Board for Your IT Ideas

    Reason why: Gaining senior management buy-in is the top success driver for any digital initiative, as cited by 32% of CIOs and other top execs. (Source: McKinsey & Company)
    Resolution: Get Key Influencers on Board for Your IT Ideas
  • Resolution: Make Better Use of Big Data

    Reason why: Only 35% of companies routinely use data to improve customer interactions. (Source: Teradata Applications)
    Resolution: Make Better Use of Big Data
  • Resolution: Do More With Mobile

    Reason why: While 55% of CIOs and other senior tech leaders say mobile is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, less than half say their organization is adding mobile functionality to specific enterprise apps. (Source: Mobile Helix)
    Resolution: Do More With Mobile
  • Resolution: Think Big With the Cloud

    Reason why: More than one-half of CIOs and other IT professionals say "as a service" IT models save money, but 56% say their organizations have no enterprise cloud computing strategy. (Source: PMG)
    Resolution: Think Big With the Cloud
  • Resolution: Set BYOD Guidelines

    Reason why: Less than half of IT leaders say their organization has a clearly communicated and constantly updated BYOD policy, even though 73% say sensitive company data may be compromised when employees access work-related information from personal devices. (Source: TEKsystems)
    Resolution: Set BYOD Guidelines
  • Resolution: Prepare for the Worst

    Reason why: One-third of businesses don't have a unified disaster-recovery plan, with formalized service-level targets that encompass physical and virtual servers. (Source: Neverfail)
    Resolution: Prepare for the Worst
  • Resolution: Commit to Training and Development

    Reason why: Only 53% of organizations currently have an employee engagement program that focuses on developmentā€”a key reason why employees seek to leave their companies. (Source: Aerotek)
    Resolution: Commit to Training and Development
  • Resolution: Give Meaningful Praise

    Reason why: 83% of employees say recognition for contributions is more fulfilling than rewards or gifts. (Source: Badgeville/Make Their Day)
    Resolution: Give Meaningful Praise
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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