Innovation Thrives as CIOs Choose Collaboration

Innovation Thrives as CIOs Choose Collaboration

Innovation Thrives as CIOs Choose CollaborationInnovation 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.

Top-Down Approaches Are Less PopularTop-Down Approaches Are Less Popular

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.

Shift to Collaborative StrategiesShift to Collaborative Strategies

Only 24% of CIOs expect to use a top-down IT strategy during the next 12 months.

Why the Shift?Why the Shift?

CIOs’ want to support customers’ needs more directly, and 64% said they are focused on resolving their customers’ issues.

Innovation by CommitteeInnovation by Committee

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.

Decentralization Grows in PopularityDecentralization Grows in Popularity

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.

Who's the Go-To Tech Partner?Who’s the Go-To Tech Partner?

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.

Approaches to Securing AssetsApproaches to Securing Assets

More than 50% of the CIOs surveyed actively manage data security threats, and this is expected to continue. The weakest link? Mobile employees.

The Biggest Threats to Company DataThe Biggest Threats to Company Data

Employees’ failure to follow industry regulations: 21%,
Company legislative compliance failures: 18%,
Data and apps that reside with third parties: 15%

Benefits From Cloud StorageBenefits From Cloud Storage

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.

Perceived Risks in Cloud-Based Data and AppsPerceived Risks in Cloud-Based Data and Apps

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.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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