Top Concerns of Today's CIOs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-14-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Risky Business

    68% of surveyed CIOs cite security as a top concern. In 2014, there were more than 2,100 confirmed data breaches and $400 million in financial losses due to the compromise of 700 million records, according to Verizon.
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    55% of those surveyed said cloud computing is a top concern, as CIOs and their tech teams can't control the abundance of new apps that are "hiding" in the cloud.
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    Piece-meal Process

    48% cite infrastructure as a top concern. No longer is there a single location that uses standardized hardware/software to interact with data and systems.
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    Siloed Structures

    44% said consolidation is a top concern, given that islands of data and computing have created disparate information and redundancies that lack needed cohesion.
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    Numbers Game

    40% said big data is a top concern, with CIOs under pressure to incorporate analytics tools that can trigger quicker, better business decisions based upon the wealth of captured information.
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    Automated Response

    32% cite automation as a top concern, because traditional functions are getting eliminated. However, automation must meet the strategic objectives of the enterprise.
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    Moving Target

    22% said mobile computing is a top concern, with the growing presence of bring your own device (BYOD) and the unauthorized use of devices/apps (shadow IT).
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    Personnel Issue

    15% cite staff retention as a top concern, because the recruitment picture is increasingly competitive and talented IT staffers can shop themselves to the highest bidder.
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    Social Engagement

    13% said social networks present a top concern. While they serve as an effective way to connect to consumers, they also create distractions within the workforce while also introducing security vulnerabilities.
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    Bumpy Transition

    10% cite succession planning as a top concern. CIOs can't afford to leave key roles vacant due to a departure or retirement, lest their organizations lose a critical competitive edge.
 

CIOs have a lot on their minds these days: Their CEOs and other C-suite colleagues are constantly pushing them to come up with the Next Great Disruptive Innovation, while their CFOs are telling them to keep spending in check. Their organization's employees are introducing an assortment of new devices and applications to the network-often inviting cyber-security risks and business process disruptions. Meanwhile, CIOs struggle to recruit IT staffers who bring the right skill sets to the right position-only to see them poached by competitors who can offer more money and benefits. All of this translates to the modern CIO emerging as the ultimate change manager-he must combine IT knowledge with business savvy to respond effectively to rapid market and tech shifts. To further illustrate, Janco Associates has come up with the following top 10 list of CIO concerns, speaking to an ever-changing landscape of trends, including cyber-security, cloud computing, consolidation, big data/analytics and mobility. The rankings are based upon a Janco-conducted survey that involve 110 CIOs.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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