IT Unprepared for a Bolder Digital Future

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-21-2014 Email

"Do it right or do it fast?" This is the dilemma that CIOs and their IT teams face today. And, for many, the answer is "Both!" This reality will reach new levels of organizational pressures in 2014, according to a new annual survey of CIOs from Gartner Inc.'s Executive Programs. Recruitment and training remain key, as CIOs and other tech managers can no longer afford to keep on team members who are passive or adverse to swift, disruptive change. Instead, IT teams must embrace this emerging dynamic with skillful anticipation and execution—and hitting on a tech-driven response more often than misfiring. "2014 will be a year of dual goals: responding to ongoing needs for efficiency and growth, but also shifting to exploit a fundamentally different digital paradigm," says Dave Aron, the Gartner Fellow who oversaw the survey project. "Ignoring either of these is not an option. CIOs are facing all the challenges they have for many years, plus a flood of digital opportunities and threats. Digitalization raises questions about strategy, leadership, structure, talent, financing and almost everything else. This is both a CIO's dream come true and a career-changing leadership challenge." Nearly 2,400 global CIOs took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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