CIOs Must Prepare for a Digital Future: Gartner

Wow!

The majority of CIOs surveyed said they expect more than half of their company’s business to be running over public cloud by 2020 .

This according to a survey from IT research firm Gartner. And this:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 70% 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.
  • 45% of the 2,339 CIOs surveyed said they have implemented agile methodologies for part of their development portfolio, although most need to go further to create separate, multidisciplinary teams, with lightweight governance and new, digital skillsets and alternative sourcing models.

“If this transition succeeds and CIOs and their businesses ‘tame the digital dragon,’ massive new value for businesses can be created, and with it, a renewed role and greater credibility for the CIO and the IT organization,” Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow, said in a statement. “However, if the dragon isn’t tamed, businesses might fail and the relevance of the IT organization will almost certainly disappear.”  The survey also found that the CEO’s digital savvy is one of the best indicators of IT and business performance.
That’s a pretty dramatic change in how business software has been managed. Keller Williams move of 93,000 real estate agents to Google’s Cloud provides good evidence that big changes are happening in corporate IT.

You can read the full story about Gartner’s research here: CIOs Must Prepare for a Digital Future: Gartner.