11 Challenges for Today's CIO

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-09-2014 Email

The 21st Century will be remembered as a highly transitional time for CIOs—for better and worse. On the positive side, there are more opportunities than ever to ascend to a senior leadership role. But there's also much at stake as CIOs have to advance the capabilities of tech within an environment of relentless, disruptive change—all while responding to immense budget pressures and fast-shifting business demands. As a result, 64 percent of CIOs are fully focused on the need to design and execute business strategies, according to industry research. And more than seven of 10 are developing a vision of how IT can drive business transformation, findings show. That vision must address our list of the following 11 modern-day challenges for CIOs. The list was adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by Gartner and mrc, a global software company. CIOs now must fully embrace a new era of IT, according to Gartner, a digital age defined by "deep innovation beyond process optimization, exploitation of a broader universe of digital technology and information, more-integrated business and IT innovation, and a need for much faster and more agile capability." To read the Gartner paper, click here. For mrc's resource, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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