CIOs Are Emerging as Vital Business Influencers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-20-2015 Email

CIOs face a greater variety of challenges than ever, thanks to an ever-proliferating number of impactful tech developments. The digital universe is expected to grow to 40 zettabytes by 2020, due to a 50-fold increase in enterprise data. In two years, workloads made possible by virtual servers and private clouds will double those supported by physical servers. And with a surge of Baby Boomer retirements, IT departments will have to recruit amid brutally competitive circumstances–to the point where 1 million U.S. programming jobs are forecast to go unfilled by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CIOs who rise to these challenges, however, will emerge as highly valued leaders at the strategic table. With this in mind, Deloitte has designated a number of compelling trends that continue to define the CIO's role as a vital business influencer. The report, "Tech Trends 2015–The Fusion of Business and IT," covers the need for greater integration, Internet of things (IoT) deployment, analytics capabilities and customer engagement. The following trends are adapted from the report, which underscores the significance of operational agility within any IT department. "IT executives (must) be the catalyst of change for emerging technologies–helping the business understand the 'what,' the 'so what,' and the 'now what,' " said Bill Briggs, chief technology officer at Deloitte Consulting LLP and author of the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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