Innovation Thrives as CIOs Choose Collaboration
Innovation is a top priority for CIOs, who are giving up top-down strategic approaches for more collaborative strategies that support innovative efforts.
Only 28% of the CIOs surveyed use a top-down IT strategy—down from 52% two years ago. They increasingly work with internal business units and outside tech experts to satisfy customer needs.
Only 24% of CIOs expect to use a top-down IT strategy during the next 12 months.
CIOs’ want to support customers’ needs more directly, and 64% said they are focused on resolving their customers’ issues.
48% of CIOs want to lead innovation, and 43% want to play a collaborative role. 41% of CIOs currently use collaborative strategies, compared to only 30% two years ago.
43% of respondents said their IT operations are decentralized and 35% said they are centralized. 18% run corporate IT through a business function, like security or networking.
55% of the IT chiefs rely on global management consultants for innovation, 45% use global technology consultants and in-house tech units, and 41% use regional IT partners.
More than 50% of the CIOs surveyed actively manage data security threats, and this is expected to continue. The weakest link? Mobile employees.
Employees’ failure to follow industry regulations: 21%,
Company legislative compliance failures: 18%,
Data and apps that reside with third parties: 15%
92% of respondents think cloud storage is essential for saving money, boosting responsiveness, increasing efficiency, standardizing cloud storage, assessing different data assets or complying with regulations.
33% of organizations keep low-risk assets in the cloud, but 29% keep higher-risk data on-premises. Only 11% keep most or all of their data assets in the cloud, and 25% refuse to put any apps and data in the cloud.