A new savvy breed of technology leaders
"This new savvy breed of technology leaders is working in a supportive environment compared to those non-cloud adopting CIOs," said Cheng. "Sixty percent of non-cloud adopting CIOs stated that the CIO is perceived as running a support function by their management team compared to just 40 percent of cloud adopters."
"Also, 100 percent of cloud adopters say IT is fundamental or very strategically important to the organisation compared to just 50 percent of those who have not adopted the cloud," he said. "This indicates that organisations where the CIO has adopted cloud computing view their CIO as much more than a technology leader - a leader with broader skills and knowledge to contribute to the business."
Cheng said the he board's understanding of IT clearly impacted the perception of how IT is used within organisations. "Sixty percent of CIOs also said that their company did use IT to grow the business to the extent that it should. Again, cloud adopting CIOs were more positive about the strategic utilisation of IT with 100 percent compared to 40 percent of non-cloud adopting CIOs saying IT was used to grow the business."
"In addition, perceptions are changing since 40 percent of CIOs report that the C-level management team sees the role of the CIO as becoming increasingly more important within the organisation, which suggests that the board's view of the CIO is already changing," he said.
"This research finds that cloud computing is positively impacting the role of today's CIO and giving rise to a new breed of business savvy technology leaders who embrace new technology and new skills to help them deliver business service innovation," said Cheng. "To ignore this trend or what these stakeholders could bring to the leadership of an organisation will hinder business competitiveness and growth. The boards should seriously consider embracing cloud computing to realise these benefits."
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