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Do you foresee CIOs becoming extinct?

Research Director at Gartner

Consumerization is driving change in the form of BYOD, Mobility, Cloud and bringing in business models previously not envisaged. Power is shifting out of CIOs hand and they will not be controlling the significant portion of IT Spend. Expectation of business and the way we deliver services are also chaging. Do we see any role for CIOs over a period of time?

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  • January 10, 2012
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  • Brian K.


    Brian K.

    IT Leader, CIO, VP IT | Organization Turnaround | Performance Optimization | Deliver Business Results

    Like the technology landscape itself, sometimes we see an evolution and sometimes we see a revolution. The role of CIO continues to evolve but remains an important part of the enterprise. Users are becoming ever smarter and technology is becoming evermore user-centric but in providing simplicity to the user experience as we all know, the behind the scenes infrastructure continues to be fairly complex.

    Today's CIO is no different than in the past. They have to have a strong understanding of the business needs across the enterprise. Hence, the CIO has to have strong relationships with the respective business leaders in order to guide the IT spend towards the right technologies that provide real business value. For example, IT's value to the organization is not necessarily whether it supports bringing your own iPhone versus working with a company provided Blackberry. Rather, it's how the use of mobile technology can impact your business, securing sensitive data and protecting enterprise assets, etc. Answering the question, how can this technology extend your sales force or make your field technicians more productive?

    Thus, tomorrow's CIO will follow a similar evolution. As technology changes and user behavior morphs with it, determining which technologies and applications will positively impact the organization; how to secure the organization and protect information assets, while enabling the user community to be more productive; staying abreast of the changing technological landscape and deciding where to spend and when to leap all remain core responsibilities of the CIO. Though their hair style may change, the core value of the CIO role to the organization will not.

  • DD M.


    DD M.

    Research Director at Gartner

    @Brian - Excellent insights. Thanks a ton.

  • Shaun N.


    Shaun N.

    IT Management and Infrastructure Expert

    DD, the very scenario you paint enforces the business need for a CIO. For the business to adopt the BYOD, cloud technology et al they require someone who understands their business to ensure the right technologies are adopted.

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