CIOs underprepared for digital leadership

artical PictureDigitalisation, which is considered to be the third era of enterprise IT, is almost here. However, according to a recently organised global survey of CIOs by Gartner, it was found that no one is fully ready for this era.

In fact, many of these CIOs feel overwhelmed just by the thought of building digital leadership. The survey highlights that 51 per cent of CIOs are concerned that this digital phase is coming faster and 42 per cent don’t feel that they have the required talent to face this.

Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow, says, “2014 must be a year of significant change if CIOs are to help their businesses and public sector agencies remain relevant in an increasingly digital world.”

The first era of enterprise IT was on how IT could help do new things – automating operations to create massive improvements in speed and scale. However, the third era is going to be different. Technological and societal trends such as the Nexus of Forces and the Internet of Things are changing everything rapidly. “This year will be of dual goals – responding to ongoing needs for growth and also shifting to exploit a different digital paradigm,” adds Aron.

According to Aron, CIOs have been facing a whole host of challenges for years now – digitisation is just going to add on to it. “Digitisation is both a CIO’s dream come true and a career-changing leadership challenge,” he says.

Most businesses have established IT leadership, strategy and governance, but have a vacuum in digital leadership. To exploit new digital opportunities and ensure that the core of IT services is ready, there must be clear digital leadership, strategy and governance, and all business executives must become digitally savvy.

CIOs are planning for significant change in 2014…

  • A quarter have already made significant investments in public cloud, and the majority expect more than half of their company’s business to be running over public cloud by 2020
  • 70 per cent of CIOs plan to change their technology and sourcing relationships over the next two to three years
  • 45 per cent of companies have implemented agile methodologies for part of their development portfolio; although most need to go further to create separate multidisciplinary teams, with lightweight governance and new digital skill sets and alternative sourcing models



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