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REPORT: State of Asian CxO Survey 2013

T.C. Seow | Oct. 16, 2013
Rapid changes notwithstanding, the Asian CIO is still expected to be malleable and flexible enough to be in the driver's seat to champion the use of IT in his or her organisation.

Table 8

What hinders the CIO's path to success? Table 8 tells more or less the same story as last year's, except that the IT people are seen as being too busy to care about innovation. Again, given the plethora of issues they have to tackle—BYOD, security, mobility, consumerisation of IT—not to mention the push to keep costs down by migrating to cloud services, CIOs can hardly be blamed for not giving others the time of day.

The good news is, late involvement in a key decision-making process has come down a notch, and that augurs well for CIOs' more intimate relationships with their peers and superiors in the whole flow of things.

On the flip side, CIOs are also spurred on to excel by different factors. Table 9 lists five. Interestingly, interaction with other senior colleagues and business unit leaders is cited as the top catalyst to success, while interest in new technologies is a natural fuel to the CIOs' interest in all things IT. Only 15.9 percent say their CEOs are the ones directly aiding them forward.

Table 9

The view ahead
Last year's survey was the first time participants were asked about cloud computing in the enterprise space. Table 10 lists the progress CIOs have made in their cloud journey. More than 40 percent of respondents said they would be adopting cloud solutions, since some divisions within their organisations are already cloud-enabled. Still about a quarter of the respondents are holding out on adopting cloud, perhaps because their businesses are of highly regulated nature.

Table 10

Table 11 shows some agreement with the earlier findings on the challenges faced by CIOs and the reasons behind them. The cloud revolution has obviously been an impetus for CIOs to look for more efficient hosting solutions, while business intelligence and analytics remain high on the priority list. Mobile computing is the other, as can be seen with the disruption BYOD trend brings to enterprise IT.

Table 11

Lastly, Table 12 shows the impact of social media on the enterprise. Not surprisingly, no one is denying the potential that it can bring to enhance the image of the organisation and its brands but legitimate concerns still abound. Security is still number one, and the potential adverse impact social media might bring due to misuse is also another major concern. As for staff productivity, that could be a double-edged sword, as any restriction to access to social media during office hours might backfire.

Table 12

 

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