The poll, conducted during Deloitte’s Dbriefs Technology Executive series: “CIOs as Revolutionaries: A Step Change in the Business-IT Relationship,” showed that 45 percent of nearly 1,000 IT executives think their own CIO is viewed as a steward. Another 45 percent said thier CIO is a strategist. The remaining 10 percent gave their CIO the title of revolutionary.
Of the respondents who do not view their CIO as a revolutionary, 66 percent believe that a revolutionary CIO has industry knowledge, business knowledge, technological experience and staff development.
“Improvements in the economy and advancements in technology now provide CIOs more tools and resources at their disposal. Mobility allows employees and resources to be available at any location; social platforms facilitate real time conversations; analytics provide virtually instant insights for better decision making; and cloud technologies provide a platform for services to be delivered on a moment’s notice,” said Suketu Gandhi, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
“These combined technologies give the CIO the opportunity to be an active strategist and decision maker within their respective organizations, and can allow them to be a revolutionary force. The CIO will increasingly have the ability to actually change how business is conducted,” said Gandhi.
The perception of the CIO within a company contrasts survey respondents’ understanding of what IT’s primary contribution to an organization should be. 60 percent of survey respondents think IT should facilitate growth and productivity while 36 percent think IT needs to be a competitive advantage for their company.