The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2013

CIOs deal with more changes than perhaps any other C level executive. This article by Bob Evans recognizes that the shifting sands of the CIO can lead to a unique situation: on one hand, the requirement for stability and process. On the other hand, the need to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the business. While this may seem impossible to manage, a good CIO deals with this dichotomy almost every day – though it does make them more focused on strategy than perhaps other C level execs. It’s that kind of planning that makes up this list of top ten strategic issues for CIOs. The list includes:

  • Kicking the 80/20 habit
  • Driving the social-enabled enterprise
  • Creating an enterprise-wide opportunity chain
  • Making a “customer office”
  • Future-proofing IT architecture
  • Changing cloud strategy into “business transformation” enabled by the cloud
  • Changing Big Data into Big Insights, Vision, and Opportunities
  • Marrying systems of record and systems of engagement
  • Becoming a Chief Acceleration Officer

Each issue explanation is followed by Evan’s own point of view on it, such as this POV concerning the “future-proofing” of IT architecture: Businesses need fresh thinking about the architecture of tomorrow because merely rehabbing or adding on to the existing plan will simply not meet the wildly different and more-demanding requirements of tomorrow. Cloud, social, mobile, engagement, Big Vision (formerly Big Data), and a greatly accelerated pace and scale of global business require modern apps, optimized systems, fault-tolerance, full support across cloud and on-premise and a mix of both, and built-in BI and social capabilities. While these issues may not match the issues you expect to encounter in 2013, it certainly presents an interesting take on the potential eventualities of the CIO’s world this year.

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