1CIOs Focusing on ‘Keeping the Lights On’ Instead of Digital Strategies
Nearly all organizational leaders consider digital a top business priority—but few companies actually have an enterprise-wide digital strategy in place, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. It doesn’t help that most CIOs reveal that their main role is to “keep the lights on” with respect to the operational oversight of IT, as opposed to leading impactful tech change. As a result, less than one in 10 companies are considered “digital vanguards”—organizations that have developed a digital strategy and employ an IT department that’s considered a market leader. More than 1,400 global CIOs, top tech execs and business leaders took part in the research. This slide show presents survey highlights, with charts provided courtesy of Deloitte.
2Digital Strategy Remains Elusive
3Most CIOs Focused on Operations Instead of Change
Only 9 percent of CIOs said they are considered “change instigators” and just 36 percent think of themselves as “business co-creators.” The majority—55 percent—said they function as “trusted operators,” or tech leaders who are depended upon for “keep[ing] the lights on and trains running”-type operational roles.
4Few CIOs Lead Digital Transformation
5Organizations Fail to Ascend to ‘Vanguard’ Level
Less than 10 percent of respondents consider their organization as a “digital vanguard”—one that has a digital strategy with an IT department that’s considered a market leader. Among 87 percent of respondents, IT is perceived of as, at best, a “fast follower” or, at worst, a “laggard” or “delinquent.”
6Top Performers Boost Customer-Focused Capabilities
7Innovation Brings Recruitment Edge
8Change-Drivers Stake Leadership Claim
9High Aspirations for Team Building
10Process Automation Leads Digital Priorities
11Major Initiatives Include IT Infrastructure, Cloud and Platforms
Just over one-half of respondents said one of their biggest digital focus areas are IT infrastructure/cloud initiatives. And nearly as many also cited enterprise platforms.