CIOs under more pressure due to increasingly strategic role of IT


More than three quarters (76%) of CIOs and senior IT leaders in the UK, France and Germany feel greater personal risk when making big decisions as IT becomes more strategic to the business, according to new research from Colt.

As regular readers of this publication will recognise, the business transformation projects C-level executives have to undertake are of increasing significance, as organisations strive to use mobility for greater efficiency and competitive advantage.

Yet while CIOs feel a sense of personal risk on their career for bungling big decisions, the 301 survey respondents felt there was more risk to the company than for themselves. 77% said their careers were defined by big moments in a business calendar, as opposed to day to day performances.

The importance of a good team is key, with almost three quarters (73%) polled saying the personal risk they experience is mitigated when working with a team they trust. Despite this, 85% polled said technology issues were ‘sometimes inevitable’.

“Playing such a pivotal role in the overall success of the company, IT leaders know that the boardroom has eyes on the key moments that will determine their success,” commented Carl Grivner, Colt EVP. “But this increased responsibility also means CIOs feel more vulnerable than five years ago.”

He added: “They are facing a new set of challenges – their ability to drive change and innovate will determine the success of the business and ultimately make or break their career.”

Part of this business transformation is DevOps, where executives need to stick or twist in terms of taking the leap towards moving forward. According to a study from Vanson Bourne and Appvance, 91% of CIOs agreed executing a DevOps strategy was a top priority for their organisation. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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