CIOs Must Prepare for a Digital Future: Gartner
The majority of CIOs surveyed said they expect more than half of their company's business to be running over public cloud by 2020.Many chief information officers (CIOs) feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building digital leadership while renovating the core of IT infrastructure and capability for the digital future, according to a survey from IT research firm Gartner. While the third era of enterprise IT, digitalization is beginning, the survey results indicated most CIOs do not feel prepared for this next era, with 51 percent of CIOs concerned that the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope and 42 percent feeling that they don’t have the talent needed to face this future. "The behaviors mastered in the second era of enterprise IT, like treating colleagues as customers, are potential hindrances to exploiting digitalization," Graham Waller, vice president and executive partner for Gartner Executive Programs, said in a statement. "In 2014, CIOs must face the challenge of bridging the second and third eras. They have to build digital leadership and bimodal capability, while renovating the core of IT infrastructure and capability for the digital future." A quarter have already made significant investments in public cloud, and the majority expect more than half of their company's business to be running over public cloud by 2020.
The report also found 70 percent of CIOs plan to change their technology and sourcing relationships over the next two to three years, and many are seeking to partner with small companies and startups.