CIOs around the world are embracing “digital transformation to reinvent their organizations’ processes and systems,” according to a new study from communications services provider BT.
The company surveyed 1,030 senior IT decision makers in 11 countries, and 72% say the CIO has become more central in the boardroom over the last two years and 43% say that they now spend more time dealing with corporate issues.
The flip side of this trend, the report says, is that CIOs find themselves increasingly challenged to find the time to develop solutions for the business. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of senior IT decision makers think they are spending more time maintaining current IT systems than searching for new solutions.
That’s a decrease from 2014, when the figure was 74%, but shows that despite ambitions for digital transformation the CIO still has to deal with legacy systems.
The BT CIO report also shows that CIOs are clear on the most disruptive technology trends: cloud, mobility and collaboration, and data. According to the report, one fifth of the organizations are already completely cloud-centric, and an additional 46% have more than half their applications and infrastructure in the cloud.
With the CIO acting as a catalyst, 76% of large organizations have, or plan to adopt, a “multi-speed” approach to technology-led initiatives.
In 72% of the organizations multiple teams are sourcing and commissioning core IT products and services without the involvement of the IT function. The latest research suggests that the IT function is growing more comfortable with providing an overall enablement role.
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