Gartner Advises CIOs: Flip Your Focus

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-11-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    89% of CIOs surveyed agree that in addition to opportunities supported by digitalization, they face vastly different and higher levels of risk. 69% say risk management is not keeping up.
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    41% of CIOs report to their CEO, a return to one of the highest levels ever seen. This is due to the digital narrative gaining prominence in the boardroom and on the executive committee.
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    CEOs expect CIOs to lead the digital charge during this transition. This indicates that opportunities for CIOs are increasing.
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    Budgets Increase Marginally

    IT budgets are not growing "exuberantly," according to the report. The average IT budget will grow by only 1% between 2014 and 2015.
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    CIOs estimate that 79% of IT's spending will be inside the IT budget (a slight increase over last year), but much digital innovation will be funded outside planned IT spending.
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    One hurdle CIOs face is the fact that IT has developed with behaviors and beliefs ill-suited to exploiting digital opportunities and responding to threats.
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    Most enterprises think of innovation in terms of the "technology paradigm," the report says, and warns that if this continues, opportunities may be lost.
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    Prioritize digital by assuming that all solutions will be cloud-based, designed for mobile and highly contextualized. CIOs should exploit unstructured data and run data-led experiments.
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    Flip Your Focus

    Most enterprises and CIOs focus on what is most easily measured, rather than on what's most valuable or requires the most attention. Flip that.
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    73% of those surveyed have changed their leadership style during the last three years, and 75% say they must change it during the next three years and plan to shift from "control first" to "vision first."
 

CIOs must shift their legacy-first orientation to digital-first to become visionary and inspirational digital leaders rather than observers, according to a new survey from Gartner, "Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda." The study surveyed 2,810 CIOs from 84 countries who represent $397 billion in IT budgets. "Digitalization is no longer a sideshow—it has moved to center stage and is changing the whole game," says Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "CIOs now have a unique opportunity, but they must 'flip' their information, technology, value and people leadership practices to deliver on the digital promise." The survey realizes predictions made in Gartner's last CIO survey, "Taming the Digital Dragon: the 2014 CIO Agenda." That report examined the "third era of enterprise IT," in which information and technology make a fundamentally different contribution to business and are less tied to efficiency and effectiveness of processes than to enabling disruptive innovations, services and business models. Almost one year later, that third era has arrived: Digitalization is increasingly determining winners and users, according to this year's report.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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