CIOs do not feel strategic to business

Three out of four CIOs do not view themselves as acting strategically according to a new survey.


Three out of four CIOs do not view themselves as acting strategically according to a new survey.

Nearly two thirds of UK chief information officers (CIOs) said they do not have clear or realistic business objectives, according to a survey by international IT services company Atos Origin.

The majority of respondents, 76%, said they do not consider themselves a strategic influencer within the business.

The survey of UK CIOs and senior IT decision-makers across 125 organisations with over 1,000 employees, by Vanson Bourne and funded by Atos Origin, indicated that many CIOs still struggle to balance the role of managing the IT infrastructure with the demands of business strategy.

More than half, 56%, described themselves as a 'manager of IT and of outsourced IT suppliers', while only 26% consider themselves a 'strategic influencer within the business'.

CIOs are also struggling with the level of investment in IT: nearly half stated that a lack of budget is a key barrier, and 48% struggle to work with legacy IT systems.

To do their job more effectively, 59% of CIOs said they need an "increased interest and involvement of the business in IT strategy and planning", 54% required more IT budget; and 41% want a "better understanding of business drivers".

Some better news is that 92% of CIOs surveyed encourage innovation within their organisation. Yet, only 13% formally measure the return on investment this innovation provides.

John Stevenson, chief operating officer, Atos Origin said the overriding message from the survey results is that greater partnerships between IT and the business is still required.

"Many CIOs find their time is preoccupied with managing multiple IT suppliers and relationships, without the appropriate internal infrastructure and governance, leaving them little time to focus on developing their role within the business," Stevenson said.

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