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2015 Gartner CIO Agenda Report

Gartner has released a new report on CIOs, and it’s a whopper. The eight page report was 14 years in the making and tracks how CIOs balance such priorities as business, technical, and management priorities. Garnered from surveys, case studies, and expert analysis, the study covers $397 billion worth of IT spending across 84 countries and represents the opinions of 2,810 CIOs.

The Digital Now

The study is prefaced by summarizing the overall climate that will be IT in 2015. We are now “firmly entrenched” in the third era of Enterprise IT (after “IT Craftsmanship” and “IT Industrialization”). Digital technologies are moving to the center of all industries, creating a disruptive technology landscape that is fast-paced, a win fast / lose fast free-for-all. In the long term, nexus technologies such as BI / analytics, cloud, and mobile are paving the way for total digitalization and a deep dive into a radically new level of IT innovation.

The Flipping CIO

Where the CIO lands in all this disruption depends on which side of a divide they choose to stand on. Many CIOs are currently not in the ideal position to inherit the digital reality. Gartner suggests they “flip” their strategy in three key leadership areas.

  1. IT perspective (digital vs. legacy)
  2. Approach to value creation
  3. Employee relationship

Priority, says Gartner, must pass from legacy to digital technologies. As a CIO, your survival will depend upon getting as far away from “bad complexity” as possible. Cloud and mobile are genuine stakes now; there’s no need to let those old systems drag down the company.

Just because new digital opportunities are on the horizon, doesn’t mean they haven’t arrived. From an investment perspective, the CIO should be making at least some faith-based decisions regarding digital tech to propel revenue generation. Unfortunately, digital culture is fundamentally different from the paradigm it is supplanting, and that will entail a radical flip of leadership style. Gone are the command-and-control days. Here are the days of fail-fast innovation. But first, the workplace culture must accommodate. Herein lies the real challenge.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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