The CIO Challenge

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  • 1. Chapter 4 The CIO Challenge said Mark McDonald, group vice president at Gartner. “CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities, and harvesting value from products, services, and operations.” IT budgets have come under attack in the recession and the CIO’s mantra has been “doing more for less.” Indeed, IT budgets have been flat or declining since the dot-com bust of 2002. Today, with new technology available, the CIO’s role is changing from cost-cutter-in-chief to cloud broker and chief innovator. CIOs can be pathfinders and navigators for businesses in the new all-digital era. There is a strong case to be made for investment in IT to exploit emerging mobile, big data, social media, and especially cloud technologies. According to research by PWC, more than half of all CIOs expect to be a full partner in meeting strategic objectives. As the report says, “Aligning IT to the business is not the goal; having IT drive the business is a way of using IT’s prowess as both the guiding star and the engine that is moving the organisation forward.” The opportunity for CIOs to add value and competitive differentiation to the business increases exponentially as investment shifts from low- value, commodity IT to high-value technology. According to Gartner, 63% of IT budget is spent running current IT infrastructure and only 16% is spent on new opportunities. Imagine what would happen if these numbers were reverse. What could be done for a business if the CIO role was expanded? Perhaps it’s time for the Chief Everything Officer? 1. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2304615 2. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2304615 3. Brian Hopkins quote source: http://wwwcomputerweekly.com/news/2240186452/Companies-must- rethink-data-sharing-say-GE-CEO-Jeff-Immelt 4. http://www.pwc.com/us/en/technology-innovation-center/cio- strategy-innovation.jhtml About NetApp NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and scale to meet changing needs. Discover our passion for helping organizations around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com Go further, faster® www.netapp.com Follow us on: © 2014 NetApp, Inc. All rights reserved. No portions of this document may be reproduced without prior written consent of NetApp, Inc. Specifications are subject to change without notice. NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further faster, Data ONTAP, Flash Accel, Flash Cache, Flash Pool, FlexCache, FlexClone, FlexShare, FlexVol, MetroCluster, MultiStore, NearStore, OnCommand, RAID-DP, SnapManager, SnapMirror, SnapRestore, Snapshot, and SnapVault are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Windows and Windows Server are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. ESX and VMware are registered trademarks of VMware, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. “Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviours to find digital value,”