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The Rise of the Creative CIO

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-11-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The Rise of the Creative CIO

    Many CIOs are experimenting with innovative apps and, reflecting a CIO’s growing influence on the business, some are even changing long-established core business models.
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    Game Plan
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    Game Plan

    88% of CIOs said they have a formalized digital strategy or are currently working on one–with 35% of those respondents saying they’ve launched their digital strategy enterprisewide.
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    Leadership Void
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    Leadership Void

    Just 19% said their organization employs a chief digital officer, but that’s up from only 7% two years ago.
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    Rising Presence
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    Rising Presence

    67% said the CIO role is becoming more influential, and 57% said they are a member of the executive committee.
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    Big Boss
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    Big Boss

    34% directly report to the CEO, compared to only 12% who report to the CFO.
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    Agenda Items, Part I
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    Agenda Items, Part I

    57% view the increasing of operational efficiencies as a core IT priority, and 56% said the same about the improvement of business processes.
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    Agenda Items, Part II

    51% said the delivery of consistent and stable tech performance to business is a core IT priority, and 50% said the same about generating cost savings.
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    Most Successful IT Projects Over the Last Year

    Infrastructure roll-out: 70%, Migration of systems to cloud: 66%, New website/content management system: 65%, New mobile apps: 57%, New collaboration systems: 56%
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    Biggest Sources of Digital Disruption

    New and/or innovative products and services: 27%, Emerging forms of customer engagement: 23%, New business models: 16%
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    Net Gains

    44% of CIOs expect that their IT headcount will increase over the next year, while just 17% anticipate a decrease.
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    Growing Concern

    65% said they are dealing with a tech skills shortage, up from 42% in 2011.
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    Big data/analytics: 39%, Project management: 32%, Business analysis: 28%
 

A clear majority of global CIOs said their influence within their organization is rising, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG. The resulting report, titled “The Creative CIO,” indicates that most CIOs now serve as members of the executive committee, for example. Many CIOs are also working with company leaders to develop a formalized digital strategy enterprisewide. The report reflects a broad range of findings impacting today’s tech leaders, especially with regard to their support of strategic objectives. It’s also encouraging to see that far more CIOs expect to expand staffing to pursue these goals in comparison to those who anticipate a decrease in headcount. “In the last two years, IT leaders have become newly invigorated,” according to the report. “The days of budget cuts and staff losses are well behind us … Digital is most definitely real and it is changing the way in which everyone thinks about IT. CIOs are experimenting with innovative apps and some are even changing long-established core business models. Everyone, it seems, is now focused on finding ways to give their (organization) an edge in an increasingly challenging business world.” More than 3,350 global CIOs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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