CIOs lack backing of IT team

CIO play an increasingly strategic role in the business, says research released yesterday.


But more increasingly doubt their IT department has the necessary skills levels it said.

CIOs are taking on more strategic business roles with 76% surveyed saying they think their roles have tended to move towards strategic areas, according to ‘A CIO Perspective: 2007 Strategic Leadership’ survey, from recruitment consultants, Harvey Nash. This is compared with 67% saying this was the case last year.

Sixty-six per cent of the 519 CIOs surveyed have already seen their job remit expand, but only 18% said there teams were ‘excellent’ in terms of aligning with the business, where 38% thought so last year.

Simon La Fosse, Harvey Nash CIO practice leader said: ‘The role of the CIO has been developing, but their team is a little behind. CIOs must develop the talent in their team and focus on business competencies.’

Most CIOs (63%) think IT operational delivery and maintenance is important but again, their teams are falling short of expectations where only 30% believe their team is excellent, compared with 38% last year.

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