The Essential Requirements of a Digital CIO

The Essential Requirements of a Digital CIO

The Essential Requirements of a Digital CIOThe Essential Requirements of a Digital CIO

CIOs are becoming more central to overall business strategy, and a full arsenal of soft and hard skills are needed to meet the challenge.

Raised BarRaised Bar

73% of IT decision-makers said the expectations of the CIO among board members has increased in the last two years, up from 68% who felt this way in 2014.

Creative LicenseCreative License

70% said their board recognizes the need for a creative CIO, up from 64% who said this in 2014.

Essential Qualities, Part IEssential Qualities, Part I

48% said a digital CIO must be flexible while working with new business models, and 47% said a digital CIO must be open to trying new ideas/solutions.

Essential Qualities, Part IIEssential Qualities, Part II

44% said digital CIOs must be able to take on feedback and constructive criticism, and 42% said digital CIOs need to be able to look at situations from different perspectives.

Steady ProgressSteady Progress

61% said CIOs still spend more time maintaining current IT systems than searching for new solutions, but that’s down from 74% who felt this way in 2014.

Massive MigrationMassive Migration

46% said more than half of their organization’s apps and infrastructure is in the cloud, and nearly one-fifth said all of their company’s apps/infrastructure are in the cloud.

Top Cloud Adoption ChallengesTop Cloud Adoption Challenges

Security concerns: 49%, Existence of legacy systems: 43%, Lack of time: 40%, Lack of budget: 37%

Virtually SafeVirtually Safe

33% of IT decision-makers believe a move to the cloud can actually help boost security.

Most Disruptive Tech TrendsMost Disruptive Tech Trends

Cloud: 58%, Mobility/collaboration: 54%, Data: 52%, Digitalization: 48%, Software-defined apps/infrastructure: 44%, Internet of Things: 43%

Most Positive Changes within the CIO RoleMost Positive Changes within the CIO Role

Greater influence on the board and/or business and strategic decisions: 51%, More opportunity to add value to business: 47%, Increased capability for innovation/creativity: 45%

Biggest Challenges for Digital CIOsBiggest Challenges for Digital CIOs

Time required to deal with corporate issues: 43%, Increased difficulties in getting multiple parties to buy into new tech adoption: 36%, Less time to develop creative/innovative solutions for business: 36%

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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