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Almost 60% of CIOs now have a seat on the executive board, but only 30% are seen as drivers of innovation. Digital migration is a growing priority, while the amount of time spent on aligning IT with the business is dropping
These were some of the biggest takeaways from the ITWeb Brainstorm CIO Survey 2017/18, run in partnership with MTN Business, which were revealed at the annual Brainstorm CIO Banquet.
Now in its fourth year, the survey captured input from over 200 public and private sector CIOs (compared to 178 last year), and the comparative data from previous years allows for insightful trends analyses.
More than half of participating CIOs (56%) report their role is changing – drastically or faster than similar roles in their industry. Digital migration is a growing priority. CIOs are spending less time on aligning IT with the business and on governance, and more on driving innovation and strengthening security.
Peter Alkema, CIO of business banking at First National Bank, who was the keynote speaker and a panellist at the event, said the results “reflect shifting sands in our industry” and highlight a move towards team-based, agile working.
Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga, CIO of Barloworld Logistics, said the survey shows that “for three years now, we [CIOs] are unable to offload the burden of running legacy systems”.
“This calls for us to think differently, accepting that legacy systems must run parallel to innovation,” she said.
How is your role changing?
What is driving change in your organisation?
What are you biggest concerns?
What do you spend your time on?
What are your focus areas in growth and optimisation?
What are your focus areas in innovation and digital transformation?
What are the top barriers to working more effectively with business?
What is your organisation's approach to hiring IT staff?
What is the size of your budget compared to last year?
What is the projected size of your IT budget for the year ahead?
How is IT driving business innovation?
See the results presentation slides here.
The complete research report based on the 2017/18 Brainstorm CIO Survey will be released in early 2018.