I for innovation*

Publication: I for innovation

The next-generation CIO

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Every chief information officer (CIO) knows that the job has become more complex. Before, technology was a back-office, data-processing activity. Now, it can be the foundation for the entire business. Today, the best CIOs not only keep the electronic plumbing in good repair, but also help define and execute forward-looking business strategies.

The changes of the past 20 years will seem mild compared with those of the next five. CIOs—and the senior executives they work with—will face unprecedented pressures, making success as a CIO even more difficult to achieve than it has been in the past.

Our research for this white paper revealed that many executives expect CIOs to point the way for agile business in today's volatile economy. Some of the most innovative organizations, in fact, view IT as a primary engine of change for their companies.