CIOs Face Bumpy Road to Strategic Leadership

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-06-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Growing Influence

    43% of global CIOs and IT directors believe that line-of-business managers will gain more power in terms of IT decisions over the next three to five years.
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    The Daily Grind

    More than one-half say they spend at least 70% of their time on day-to-day management instead of strategic planning and initiatives.
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    Big Wish

    45% would like to spend at least 70% of their time on strategic initiatives.
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    44% of CIOs say they'd have more time for strategic activities if they could streamline and optimize their IT infrastructure.
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    Strategic Functions That CIOs Want to Spend More Time On

    Business analytics: 42%, Mobile enterprise strategies: 33%, Cloud services: 18%
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    Mobile Environment: 68%, Storage: 59%, Servers: 59%, Network services: 52%, Network infrastructure: 46%
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    84% of global CIOs and IT decision-makers say enabling strategic goals is a great way to optimize their organizational impact.
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    79% say their effectiveness should be measured by whether they make the best use of their IT budget, and 48% say they should be evaluated based on their ability to cut costs.
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    47% say it's key for a CIO to maximize the life-cycle value of tech investments.
 

It's a critical time for CIOs and other IT decision-makers to elevate their presence as strategic influencers within their organization. However, they still find that the day-to-day oversight of tech operations, such as constantly responding to the routine fire drills, consumes too much of their time, according to a recent survey from Logicalis Group. One solution: To farm out more of these roles by adopting a consolidated managed services model. That way, CIOs would have more time to work on cloud computing, business analytics and mobile enterprise initiatives, among other priorities. "CIOs are striving to change the way IT is perceived by the wider organization," says Ian Cook, CEO of Logicalis. "Who wants to run a business function that line-of-business managers think is less agile and less relevant than external providers? Clearly, these CIOs are taking a proactive approach to staying relevant, focused on a transformation agenda across all aspects of IT infrastructure, operations and the end-user experience." More than 185 global CIOs and IT directors 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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