CIOs have a lot on their plates. The balancing act of investing in the future and maximizing operational efficiency today is a constant battle that bleeds into every big decision. So where do you invest your resources? The popular answer might be: transforming IT today so that tomorrow you can focus on business strategy. That’s just great. Really. Unfortunately, the rest of the organization thinks all of that should have been done yesterday. So while you know you’re adding value to the company and making IT more agile, a lot of other departments see your department as more of a drag than an engine. That’s not going to help your job security is it?
The 2015 State of the CIO survey shows that CIOs spend the majority of their time in transformational activities now, but in 3–5 years, 72% of CIOs believe they will (or want to) focus more on business strategy. This transition suggests that many organizations are seeking to currently transform their infrastructure while simultaneously acknowledging how important it is to look into future tech.
But which is more pertinent to a CIO, whose average tenure at an organization is only 5 years, according to the same study? And how does he or she balance the responsibilities of current transformation with the need to prove their strategic value?