An Update on the Four Personas of the Next Gen CIO

Consumerization of IT (CoIT) impacts the perception and actual role of the next-gen CIO. As business leaders increase their decision-making authority on technology purchases, the CIO role will evolve to incorporate more aspects of technology and business governance. The realization of business value, design of the technology roadmap, assessment of security risk, and procurement strategy with vendors require centralized coordination in an increasingly decentralized world.

At the same time, the four personas of the CIO reflect the increasing adoption of disruptive technology. Innovative CIOs move beyond the cloud and focus in on mobility and analytics. The Chief Infrastructure Officer will not only rely on cloud computing to bring cost savings, but enable infrastructure services (i.e. hardware procurement, onboarding, etc.) to be more nimble and responsive to business demands. The Chief Integration Officer prepares for a world of Hybrid IT. The Chief Intelligence Officer makes the shift from data to decisions. The Chief Innovation Officer focuses on weaving innovation throughout the organization. Regardless of approach by an organization, next-generation CIOs should apply the “Six S’s for CoIT” checklist as part of the organization’s technology strategy. Executives must balance the governance between business and IT to create a more agile and nimble approach to technology adoption.

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This trends report provides an update to the groundbreaking survey on the four personas of the next-generation CIO. Readers should note that the trends among the survey respondents represent early adopter and progressive CIOs across various industries, size of company and geographies.

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