When Harvey Nash USA released the results of its 2013 CIO Survey, the trend was clearly toward a more strategic position for this executive-level position. But how is that manifested? Control over both budgets and technology is becoming more indirect for many CIOs, year over year.
Will an increase in indirect control in some areas, as in BYOD, mean more direct control in others?
Much recent coverage on IT Business Edge suggests to me that may be the case.
On innovation, the Harvey Nash CIO Survey says:
Perhaps it’s a matter of perception. Mike Vizard, writing about another survey, this one by Gartner on CIO objectives for 2013, found that “The good news is that there is now a lot more emphasis on business innovation versus cost cutting.” As CIOs use their direct influence to guide integration and data projects, the interconnected nature of technology creates new opportunities for innovation.
On outsourcing, the Harvey Nash CIO Survey says:
IT staff hiring, at the same time, is up, too. Much of that hiring is driven by, you guessed it, the need to innovate, writes Susan Hall.
On investment in technology, the Harvey Nash CIO Survey says:
On women in IT, the Harvey Nash CIO Survey says:
Don Tennant has been researching these very issues for months, finding that “the idea that men are more tech-savvy than women is a myth that’s debunked by research on technology adoption among women,” and that “some of the qualities that make women such effective IT leaders are the very same ones that contribute to the gender inequality that those women suffer in the workplace.” Rob Enderle also observed that at the highest corporate levels, women are not doing all they can to mentor and support each other in career development and aspirations.