Gartner Identifies Four Futures for IT and CIOs
November 8, 2012 (SmartPros) The changing shape of IT is causing CIOs to question the role of IT in the organization and the part they will play in it, according to Gartner, Inc. As businesses confront global economic uncertainty, changing market dynamics and cultural discontinuities created by technological innovation, their different parts require different ways of interacting with IT.
"We are witnessing the emergence of a new generation of CIOs, one that aims not so much to 'run' IT as to ensure that the business achieves strategic value from the use of technology," said John Mahoney, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Although this isn't an entirely new development, the extent of the change is growing and a tipping point will be reached in the next five years."
Gartner analysts discussed future scenarios of IT and their implications for CIOs at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012, which took place in early November in Barcelona.
Gartner has identified four dominant futures for IT in the organization. They are not mutually exclusive and may exist in combination:
IT as a Global Service Provider
Gartner said that these new CIOs will play an important role in identifying the required future of the IT organization, and that they must ensure senior IT stakeholders are involved from the outset, so that their support is guaranteed. These CIOs will then be able to identify how their role will change (see Figure 1) and start planning a personal road map.
Figure 1. Four Futures for the CIO Role
Source: Gartner (November 2012)