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8 strategic priorities facing the modern CIO

EducationSummary: The modern Chief Information Officer (CIO) faces a daunting task. Gone are the days of simply supporting the business. Gone are the days of hard-to-use technology that’s controlled solely by the IT department. These days, the expectations placed on the IT department are at an all time-high.

Perhaps no C-level position has undergone such enormous change in the last ten years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) position. Gone are the days of simply supporting the business and controlling the technology. These days, modern CIOs face pressure from every side. For instance:

CEOs and business executives now demand more business value from the IT department. The CIO must drive business innovation while managing and improving existing technology.

Tech-savvy end users now bring personal devices and consumer applications into the workplace. The CIO must deliver the tools and applications the users require while managing and securing the company’s data.

Technology evolves at a quickening pace and the expectations placed on the IT department are at an all-time high. While the business demands modern solutions, hiring IT professionals with modern skills often falls outside of the budget.

To sum up the above challenges into a single list, the modern-day CIO faces these 8 strategic priorities:

  • Deliver solutions quickly
  • Improve existing systems
  • Give end users self-service options
  • Address the BYOD trend
  • Future-proof their architecture
  • Bridge the skills gap
  • Adapt to a mobile world
  • Break out of the 80/20 spending trap

What does each one of those challenges have in common? Each one can be addressed using the same solution. To learn how, check out this free paper. It explains each of the challenges listed above, and outlines a single approach to each one.

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