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CIO’s New Leadership Role in the Enterprise Requires Them to Give up Some Past Level of Control

In a poll of 1,000 C-level executives conducted by Wakefield Research for Avande, Laura Stuart of Gigaom covers Computerworld’s findings about what some of these numbers reveal about the changing IT industry.

C-Level Executives Call the Shots

As the various departments that make up a corporation become exceedingly more dependent on technology, leaders are realizing the crucial role that it plays in all functions of the business. As a result, all departments have become more involved in the investment decision-making process regarding technology. According to Laura Stuart of Gigaom Research, 71% of C-level executives believe they can make technology decisions more quickly and effectively than IT organizations. This supports the trend that IT decisions and IT budget responsibilities are shifting away from the CIO’s line of work. It is more important than ever for CIOs and department heads to come together and work to establish a functional and beneficial relationship.

New Roles and Implications

Other findings of the poll indicate that new roles are emerging for IT organizations. Of the new roles that are emerging for IT organizations, some include “managing and maintaining legacy systems, serving as service brokers addressing business needs, and interacting directly with customers and partners in a consultative role.” However, some of the implications that IT management are dealing with are how to adapt agile and responsive methods in order to meet new business needs and finding a balance between  implementing IT functions to align with the business while maintaining an appropriate IT budget and control.

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About Gavin Martin

Information systems architect / technical design authority with over 20 years experience delivering small-scale through enterprise systems to commercial, finance and government customers.

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