Computer Business Review

5 ways IT leadership is changing

by Joe Curtis| 25 April 2014

The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO!

IT leadership today is a far cry from a decade ago - even five years ago. But while CIOs and IT professionals are being asked to do far more under the same job titles they've always had, a lot of these demands are implicit, not explicit.

CBR looks at exactly what's expected today, and how it differs from the past.

IT must drive the business

Traditionally, IT has been responsible for maintaining the ICT infrastructure, being called in when things go wrong. Not anymore.

Today the business wants more of the IT budget to be spent on new technologies, so the CIO and his team must cut maintenance costs in order to spend more on innovation.

Reporting to the CEO

With businesses keen to divert more IT spend to new technologies such as cloud, mobile and social, it stands to reason they want more control over it, too.

A CA Technologies survey recently found that 45% of British businesses make decisions over IT spend outside of the CIO's office.

But that doesn't mean CIOs don't have any influence anymore.

Indeed, instead of reporting to the CFO, 89% told CA they have the ear of the chief executive these days.

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