The Changing Role of IT Leadership | Part 2: Adapting the IT Organization & Leadership Structure for Digital Transformation (DX)
41% of CIOs prefer to focus on operations rather than face digital disruption: This was the hot button for the previous blog post, The Changing Role of IT Leadership: Part 1 – Leading IT Through Digital Transformation (DX). Our data also shows that the role of the CIO is changing from a support function to a strategic function: 62% of CIOs report to the CEO.
Two questions remain:
- To what degree and in what areas can the CIO serve as an innovation and business leader?
- How should an organization align business and IT?
Findings from IDC's CIO Sentiment Survey suggest four key indicators that determine whether the IT organization is on the right path for innovation or whether it will need major adjustments:
a) Reporting structure of the CIO and the IT organization
b) IT organizational structure (centralized vs decentralized)
c) IT performance and digital ability
d) DX scores and enterprise growth
Insights from the 2016 CIO Sentiment Survey offer CIOs some specific guidelines for addressing key areas of IT:
- Evaluate IT’s performance and how closely IT aligns with the company’s DX needs.
- Lead organizational transformations for innovation and integration.
- Measure IT performance relative to DX.
- Simplify the IT environment while freeing resources for innovation and integration.
Findings on all four of the IT areas are reported in the IDC report, Changing IT Leadership: Part 2 – Adapting the IT Organization and Leadership Structure for Digital Transformation (Doc) on IDC.com.
To learn more about insights from all four parts of the report series based on the IDC 2016 CIO Sentiment Survey, please join us for a complimentary web conference and Q&A on Thursday, January 19th at 11 am et.