How the CIO’s Role Will Change by 2018
During the next two years, the primary role of 70% of CIOs will change from directly managing IT to becoming innovation partners.
By 2017, 40% of CIOs will rise to the challenge of becoming strategic partners—and not just act as CxOs.
In an effort to reduce IT costs and accelerate business agility through more cloud computing, 70% of CIOs will expose their enterprise to additional risk.
By 2017, as a result of enterprise mobility, 60% of CIOs will support agile architectures with a mix of cloud-based interfaces for legacy and next-generation apps.
80% of CIOs in consumer businesses will integrate IT with public social networks by 2015 in order to meet the needs of young and mobile customers.
IDC expects 60% of CIOs to recognize the importance of developing a fully functional enterprise architecture linked to service development and planning, but says less than 40% will deploy that architecture effectively.
By 2015, 60% of IT security budgets for increasingly vulnerable legacy systems will be too small by a factor of 30% to 40%.
While the total spend for security to combat attacks from knowledgeable insiders is $5 billion, only $617 million is spent on the analysis of threats and protection. The challenge for CIOs is to help executives understand how increased spending can better defend the enterprise from insider threats.
Vendors will provide mobile, social, big data and cloud services. This service is becoming known as the “Third Platform.” By 2017, the transfer to Third Platform from line-of-business budgets will require 60% of CIOs to reduce the cost of infrastructure and operations.
By 2016, 80% of the IT budget will be based on internally sourced IT and business services. By 2018, Third Platform technologies will redefine 90% of IT roles.
IDC’s advice includes: Delegate the role of technology manager to a CTO, so that you can focus on information intelligence and innovation. Shift enterprise architecture from its IT focus to include Third Platform business architecture and transformation. Ensure that everything IT does is positioned to support business value by developing a comprehensive service portfolio.
IDC expects Third Platform skills shortages to inhibit 33% of projects until 2018. It recommends identifying strategic skills that must be developed and kept in-house, such as business intelligence and security, and outsourcing the rest.