CIOs Struggle to Focus More on Strategic Tasks: Logicalis
Aligning internal technology with a more extensive use of managed services partners and cloud services is quickly becoming a priority for many CIOs.CIOs must act now to take on a more strategic role or risk being pushed aside by line-of-business managers who are making increasing numbers of technology buying decisions, according to a survey by IT solutions and managed services provider Logicalis. The study also showed that CIOs are acutely aware of the growing need to play a more strategic role within their organizations, with CIO respondents agreeing that line-of-business managers will gain more power over IT decision making in the next three to five years. Aligning internal technology and operational optimization with a more extensive use of managed services partners and cloud services is quickly becoming a priority for many CIOs, the survey indicated. For instance, 30 percent of respondents said they want to hand more day-to-day management activities over to specialized managed services providers, and 31 percent said they would like to consolidate the use of managed services, selecting single vendors to manage specific technologies and/or services across multiple territories.
"We predict that business innovation focused on creating a wider variety of solutions targeted at new business opportunities and challenges will drive a profound shift in the role of the IT organization," Chris Barnard, associate vice president at IT research firm IDC, said in a statement. "They must develop deep competence in all of these technologies, often with the help of third parties with expertise in as-a-service strategies."