The survey showed that GCC CIOs
are focusing their efforts on improving the customer experience by making engagement with their organizations easier (62 percent), and using digital business to reduce service costs (46 percent).
in EMEA are struggling to scale their digital business initiatives.
Last, but not least, the importance and magnitude of these CIOs
' responsibility is reflected also by the financial level, of tens of billions of USD, of the portfolio they have overseen.
Commenting on the survey results, in which change management topped the list of most important attributes, among both CIOs
and non-CIOs, Roach noted that "When you talk about change management, it's not the change management we typically engage in, in IT: [non-CIO] leaders are really looking for the CIO
to be a change agent, creating strong personal networks, and making sure those networks are used effectively, including knowing if someone is a resister or fence-sitter in an organization.
CEOs want to automate to extract cost and they need security and governance to meet tides of regulations, but they also want CIOs
to provide decisionsupport through business intelligence and other applications such as ERP.
McKinsey advises CIOs
to reimagine their role - seeing themselves and encouraging others to see them - as CEOs of an information business to lead this transformation.
* Steven Burrell - VP Technology & CIO
, Georgia Southern University
What better scenario than this for a CIO
wanting to re-establish or strengthen his/her business leadership role?
report higher demand for IT professionals in the first quarter, especially for those with skills in hot areas such as applications development and IT security ," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a statement.
The studies of higher ed CIOs
note that, within the next 10 years, they will be retiring in record numbers.
Recommendation: To ensure that CIOs
are better able to carry out their statutory role as key leaders in managing IT, the Director of OMB should establish deadlines and metrics that require agencies to demonstrate the extent to which their CIOs
are exercising the authorities and responsibilities provided by law and OMB's guidance.
While all the reporting CIOs
have bachelor's degrees and most with some concentrations in math, engineering or information systems, half of our CIO
respondents (51 percent) indicate they have also earned at least one master's degree.