By Nick Clunn – Tech Page One
The crux of the challenge facing the modern-day chief information officer is establishing a balance between meeting the needs of an organization while doing it in a way that doesn’t lead to downtime or compromises in security.
It’s a difficult tight rope to walk on, as the pace of business seems to accelerate year after year, forcing CIOs to ramp up IT while always making sure that the data center keeps it together and threats remain at bay.
These executives know, for instance, that they have to prepare for the onslaught of big data. The insight that organizations can derive from being able to synthesize large amounts of information is too great not to act upon. But the flipside is more places for cybercriminals to hide malicious payloads.
There are many issues that can make or break a CIO. He or she is a hero if they’re done right. Done wrong, and it might be time to look for a new job.
A recent survey by Gartner concluded that many CIOs feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building digital leadership while renovating the core of IT infrastructure and capability for the digital future. It found that 51 percent of CIOs are concerned that the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope and 42 percent don’t feel that they have the talent needed to face this future. Gartner calls this near-future Digitalization, the third era of enterprise IT.
“CIOs are facing all the challenges they have for many years, plus a flood of digital opportunities and threats. Digitalization raises questions about strategy, leadership, structure, talent, financing and almost everything else,” Gartner Vice President Dave Aron said. “All industries in all geographies are undergoing digital disruption. This is both a CIO’s dream come true and a career-changing leadership challenge.”
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