From Function to Strategy: The Changing Role of the CIO in 2016

From Function to Strategy: The Changing Role of the CIO in 2016

The State of the CIO annual survey for 2016 has just been released this month, and it has revealed some interesting shifts for the role of the CIO in business operations and development. 84% of the 571 executives that were surveyed agree that their role is becoming increasingly important to their business, but this seems fairly obvious as the role of IT has become increasingly vital for businesses, particularly with the emergence of digital business models and the rising demand for cloud computing. 

However, what is interesting is that it is much more likely that a CIO would say that their role is increasing in value if they are involved in the strategic activities or the transformational developments of their business. CIOs who maintain more functional roles in the management of IT operations for a business are less likely to feel that their role is becoming more important, and furthermore, they are far less likely to withhold a high level of job satisfaction. This is because CIOs who are still stuck in functional roles face greater operational challenges and are frequently scapegoated when other departments fail to meet their mark.

Although IT efficiency is crucial to the smooth operation of a business, it should not be the sole focus of a CIO. CIOs need to keep open communication with other business leaders, and realize that strategic CIOs are influential partners in the development of a business, especially in a digital landscape that is constantly changing. If a business is not anticipating advances in their industry, they are likely to be left behind.

Date: 29 January 2016, 14:35 pm
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