Top 10 predictions for CIO in 2014

The channel always wants to know what’s on the minds of CIOs. And, International Data Corp. (IDC) released its Top 10 CIO predictions today, which should interest solution providers.

The top 10 was put together by IDC analysts David McNally, Joseph Pucciarelli, Dr. Ron Babin, and Fred Magee. The goal of these predictions is to provide long-term industry insight and reveal new themes that may be on the horizon. 

Overall IDC said mobile, social, big data, and cloud services are now beginning to mature, but will still require an entirely different set of IT skills and roles — many of which are yet to be invented.

According to Magee, adjunct research advisor with IDC’s research network, there are clear indicators that the existing role of technology management will evolve in a few short years to a set of roles that includes management of innovation, information intelligence, customer experience, and digital business presence. It’s going to be an exciting decade.

Here are the IDC Top 10 CIO Predictions for 2014:

Prediction 1

In two years, over 70 per cent of CIOs will change their primary role from directly managing IT to become an innovation partner.

Prediction 2

Before 2017, only 40 per cent of CIOs will rise to the challenge from CxOs to partner in strategic planning.

Prediction 3

Approximately 70 per cent of CIOs will increase enterprise exposure to risk.

Prediction 4

Enterprise business mobility will require 60 per cent of CIOs by 2017 to support an agile architecture.

Prediction 5

The demographic shift to young and mobile customers will require 80 per cent of CIOs in consumer-facing businesses to integrate IT with public social networks by 2015.

Prediction 6

By 2015, 3rd Platform requirements will drive 60 per cent of CIOs to use enterprise architecture (EA) as a required IT tool, but only 40 per cent will deploy EA effectively.

Prediction 7

By 2015, 60 per cent of CIO security budgets for increasingly vulnerable legacy systems will be 30-40 per cent too small to fund enterprise threat assessments.

Prediction 8

By 2017, the transfer of 3rd Platform investments from IT to line-of-business budgets will require 60 per cent of CIOs to reduce the cost of infrastructure and operations.

Prediction 9

By 2016, 80 per cent of the IT budget will be based on providing service integration.

Prediction 10

By 2018, adoption of 3rd Platform IT technologies will redefine 90 per cent of IT roles.

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