There was a time when being a “middle of the road” kind of CIO wasn't a bad thing. In fact, it was once a great position to take in the organization – you weren't trying to shake the boat and you made sure that the work requested of you was completed consistently and without much fanfare. But according to Brian Lucas, that time of staying in the middle of the road is past – nowadays people who stay in the middle of the road are likely to get hit by the innovation truck! Lucas explains how CIOs must be aware of this already – through a mix of execs bypassing the IT department, and more work leaving in-house and going to vendors, it's clear that the CIO can't just be ho-hum about moving the IT organization forward. Take for instance the findings of Forrester mentioned in Lucas' post: Only 39% of execs thought IT consistently delivered value. Marketing and R&D chiefs which are vital aspects of business adaptability state that IT departments did not help them innovate. “Given the pace of technology change and the business' need to improve products and services and deal with rising customer expectations, this leaves IT at risk of being bypassed for services firms and consultants” according to Forrester. While 59% still get their tech from a central corporate IT group, a substantial 20% now have a dedicated IT unit in their business unit or department, up from 10% in 2010. If you are a CIO how can you ignore this statistic? Lucas suggests that CIOs must depend on agile methodology to help compete with outside cloud based solutions. Committing to innovation may be the only way the CIO can stay relevant in the future!