Gartner Advises CIOs: Flip Your Focus

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-11-2014 Email

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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