Role of the CIO survey shows change driven by technology, business

The role of the CIO is changing in response to technology innovation and business requirements.

Today's corporate CEO is still in charge of leading and establishing a vision for the company. More and more, however, the CIO is the person in charge of carrying out that vision. And in some cases, the CIO is in charge of the vision too.

"The New IT Organization and the Changing Role of the CIO," the report resulting from the first survey partnership between SearchCIO.com and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, shows just how much more today's CIOs are involved in technology innovation, transformation and consumerization than they were previously.

More than half of senior IT executives are more involved this year than in 2010 in contributing to business strategy and innovation through technology, according to the survey of 641 IT executives and managers.

Two factors are driving the change in IT executives' priorities: One is new technology paradigms including cloud computing, business intelligence and mobility. The other is the change in the role of IT within the business to that of service provider.

As a result of this change in priorities, new roles and responsibilities are emerging in the IT department. CIOs and other managers are reevaluating the skill sets they will need to acquire to meet the demands of today's IT "business."

Download "The New IT Organization and the Changing Role of the CIO."

Let us know what you think about the story; email Scot Petersen, Editorial Director.

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