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State of the CIO 2016

CIO’s 15th annual “State of the CIO” survey was conducted with the objective of understanding how the CIO role continues to evolve in today’s business climate and to help define the CIO agenda for 2016. This definitive benchmarking survey measures the CIO role in the organization, budgetary responsibilities, business and leadership challenges, and the key skills needed for the job today.

Key findings include:

  • CIOs continue to report to the top of the organization – a steady increase in reporting to the CEO since 2008.
  • CIOs’ focus on security is at an all-time high with upgrading security to avoid cyberattacks a top three priority handed down from the CEO and an average of 12% of the total tech budget dedicated to security.
  • While IT execs understand the need to balance operational demands and risk with strategy and transformation, they’re looking forward to a future when they can turn more of their attention to innovation and business results.
  • While IT/Business alignment is now table stakes, collaboration between IT and the business maybe even more important in 2016 as both groups increasingly work together to satisfy the appetite for new technology.
  • Strategic CIOs feel they are perceived as business leaders/partners, are paid the best, get more respect and are more likely to have the resources they need to address today’s biggest IT challenges.

For more information on this study, view the excerpt below or register to download the white paper here. To request a meeting with an IDG Enterprise sales executive to walk through the full study, please complete the form below.


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