02 Mar, 2018

Yup, You Guessed It. The Role Of The CIO Is Evolving


A new report released by Tek Systems revealed that the role of the CIO is changing towards becoming a more “partner-liaison” role when it comes to tech initiatives. Simply put, this means that CIOs will be taking on a role that goes beyond overseeing technology, but rather, adapt to a dual role within an enterprise that has way more responsibility.

It is clear that the role of the CIO is always changing, as new technology evolves that incorporates different elements of data into enterprise functions. So, as the enterprise change, roles must change as well. Especially the role of the CIO.

Why The Role Is Changing

According to the report, the role of the CIO is changing simply because of IT departments changing. They are becoming more outsourced and forcing the CIO to carry out responsibilities that go beyond their general technology role.

“Trends indicate new initiatives still owned by core IT are being increasingly outsourced, accompanied by an upswing in tech initiatives being directed by other internal lines-of-business. The end result is that IT leaders are indicating their roles are evolving, with internal IT department personnel increasingly being leveraged for maintaining existing systems, and strategic new initiatives laying outside the purview of centralized IT.” Business Wire reports.

This information comes after a report that took over 1,000 IT leaders’ opinions on important issues, like staffing and budgets, along with what skills will be needed in 2018.

Since the CIO will now be taking on dual roles, the need for the C-suite to set the company up for success is diminishing, especially from 2016, where only 6% of respondents agreed with that opinion. Now, project managers are taking a more critical position when it comes to the success of an enterprise.

“Although these high-level IT roles are still important, TEKsystems believes that a key transitional aspect of the CIO is to become the main strategic liaison in the management of an ecosystem that includes business partners and outside vendors involved in new initiatives outside of centralized IT, while also serving as a consultant to internal lines-of-business running their own IT efforts.” Business Wire reports.

What Is Next For The CIO

As trends continue to grow and new intiatives emerge in the sector, the role of the CIO will continue to change and adapt. IT departments will continue to become centralized. CIOs will still be looked upon for guidance in the enterprise since they hold a vast amount of knowledge that can be of value among the technology initiatives that are put into place throughout the business.

Technology is no longer just an IT department’s issue, it is an enterprise-wide concern that should be tackled by all members of the organization, in order to achieve ultimate success while integrating new tools.

CIOs have the responsibility to steer the business toward a direction that will be most effective and agile for all members involved.


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