IDC outlines the top 10 areas CIOs will focus in the upcoming year and the core capabilities for the next generation CIO. The following predictions are from a report by David McNally, IT executive advisor and Meredith Whalen, SVP US Insights at IDC:
1 The era of IT innovation begins
The majority of CIOs will start to employ the four pillars of cloud, mobile, social and big data or analytics to achieve business innovation. Meanwhile, 67 percent of CIOs see their role evolve to chief innovation officer.
2 Business IT alignment continues to be the top personal goal
An overwhelming majority (80 percent) of CIOs say they should be spending two-thirds of their time with the business.
3 Business and consultative skills will be essential for new staff
The ideal candidates will have a mixture of business skills and an understanding of next
generation capabilities in the cloud, social, mobile and big data/analytics.
4 Amidst tight IT budgets, CIOs will focus on addressing complexity
They will work on solutions to simplify their apps and infrastructure portfolios, but cost savings from virtualisation, cloud and offshore will be consumed by mobile and social deployments.
5 CIOs will step in to bring social initiatives under one social enterprise
IT will oversee more functional areas such as contact centres and a broader array of technologies like collaboration, CRM and digital commerce.
6 CIOs will ‘crack’ the mobile device policy issue
They will increasingly support BYOD policies but user demand for greater access will call for continued investment in mobile device management.
7 Big data will be the CIO issue of the year
Worldwide digital content will grow 48 percent next year, with over 90 percent of it unstructured.
8 Full ITIL projects will become rare by 2015
‘ITIL Lite’ and business-centric ITSM frameworks will replace full ITIL implementations in most industries.
9 Information architects will be one of the most critical roles
Architects will embrace business services as a defining element of the extended architecture.
10 The extended enterprise will impact the future CIO role
Next generation CIOs will focus on business services, analytics and controls – the CIO could be a non-IT business executive adept at innovation, communication and change.
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