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Posted by Khalid Kark on April 16, 2012
Today, with technology embedded in virtually every business process and market dynamics changing at a mind-boggling pace, the role of CIO is rapidly changing from a technology manager to a business executive. CIOs need to be influential business partners that are not just collaborating with the business but co-creating solutions for the organization. But many CIOs are struggling to get there. In a recent Forrester survey, 54% of business decision-makers said that IT does not understand the business issues and priorities to tackle them. Business decision-makers also recognize the importance of technology to their business models: 75% said technology is too important to them not to get involved in. So the message is clear: if the CIOs don’t step up, businesses will find ways to source technology through other means — and many already have.
Forrester has identified three key barriers to CIO success:
We think addressing each of these barriers offers a unique opportunity for CIOs to become real business partners. What do you think? What are your top barriers? What have you done to overcome them? I’d be very interested to hear your war stories. We’ll continue this conversation as Brian Hopkins and I present a keynote on this topic at the 2012 CIO/EA Forum in Las Vegas May 3 and 4, and Paris, June 19 and 20.
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