Menu
Yo, CIOs: Don't think your role is mostly operational

Yo, CIOs: Don't think your role is mostly operational

Business peers want you leading the digital transformation, a new survey says

CIOs who cling to an operational role could find themselves marginalized in the coming years, whereas those who focus on innovation could attain new heights.

That's one conclusion from "The Changing Role of IT Leadership: CIO Perspectives for 2016," a new study published Monday by market researcher IDC.

A particularly striking finding is that more than 40 percent of the line-of-business executives surveyed said they view the CIO as an innovation officer responsible for leading their company's digital transformation.

That would be great news for CIOs if only more of them were on the same page.

In fact, only 25 per cent of the CIOs surveyed described their role that way, while more than 40 percent viewed themselves as primarily operational; 34 per cent viewed themselves as service managers. In contrast, only 27 percent of the line-of-business executives described the CIO role as operational.

It's a pretty significant disconnect, that could spell trouble for some CIOs' careers.

"CIOs who stay operational will find themselves further marginalized over the next three years," warned Mike Jennett, a vice president of research with IDC's IT Executive Program. "For these executives to stay relevant, they must shift their focus to transformation and innovation and incorporating those innovations into their stable infrastructures."

Simply "keeping the lights on" will cause the business to look elsewhere for technology leadership and innovation, Jennett added.

Subscribe here for up-to-date channel news

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags managementCIO

Featured

Slideshows

Tight lines as Hooked on Lenovo catches up at Great Barrier Island

Tight lines as Hooked on Lenovo catches up at Great Barrier Island

​Ingram Micro’s Hooked on Lenovo incentive programme recently rewarded 28 of New Zealand's top performing resellers with a full-on fishing trip at Great Barrier Island for the third year​ in a row.

Tight lines as Hooked on Lenovo catches up at Great Barrier Island
Inside the AWS Summit in Sydney

Inside the AWS Summit in Sydney

As the dust settles on the 2017 AWS Summit in Sydney, ARN looks back an action packed two-day event, covering global keynote presentations, 80 breakout sessions on the latest technology solutions, and channel focused tracks involving local cloud stories and insights.

Inside the AWS Summit in Sydney
Channel tees off on the North Shore as Ingram Micro hosts annual Cure Kids Charity golf day

Channel tees off on the North Shore as Ingram Micro hosts annual Cure Kids Charity golf day

Ingram Micro hosted its third annual Cure Kids Charity Golf Tournament at the North Shore Golf Club in Auckland. In total, 131 resellers, vendors and Ingram Micro suppliers enjoyed a round of golf consisting of challenges on each of the 18 sponsored holes, with Team Philips taking out the top honours.

Channel tees off on the North Shore as Ingram Micro hosts annual Cure Kids Charity golf day
Show Comments