Top Priorities for CIOs in 2017

cloud based applications Mar 06, 2017

CIOs are increasingly concentrating on heralding a new era of digital transformation within their organizations, all while ensuring seamless operations and healthy turnarounds. With this, the CIO role in 2017 is going to become more proactive and will be expected build agility into the organization’s technology strategy.

Though it is the job of a CIO to introduce new technologies that improve business processes at a manageable cost, never before has the industry witnessed such as strong focus on digital reinvention that ensures business operations are executed with the highest degree of security. Over the next year, IT trends are expected to be the drivers for innovation within organizations and shaping business strategies.

Key trends CIOs should follow in 2017

As we enter 2017, we’ve compiled the list of organizational, technological and economic trends CIOs must follow to help their organizations evolve with the current technological model.

Workforce Empowerment
Today’s generation of new workers are referred to as the ‘Liquid Workforce’ since they make quick shifts between jobs and companies. Members of the Liquid Workforce are educated individuals who know exactly what they want to do and how they want to do it. hey are also well-versed with the digital tools that will help them succeed. The Liquid Workforce is more loyal to the job process than to the job itself. If these employees don’t have the technology they believe they need to achieve their goals, they are more likely quit their job and move to a company that provides access the correct technology to help them succeed. Since there is a strong connection between workforce engagement, productivity and turnover, CIOs need to ensure their organizations are providing employees with the right productivity tools. This will both help retain and attract the best talent.

New Tech and IT Approaches
We now function in gigabit workspaces where connectivity is prime. Connectivity is the core force that drives digital transformation within organizations. CIOs need to ensure their organizations adopt the latest, sophisticated IT capabilities. Since business needs are defining workplace connectivity, CIOs should guarantee IT solutions and other enabling technologies serve all different stakeholders within their organization.

Business Alignment
The job of a CIO doesn’t just stop at implementing the latest IT solutions, it only begins there. Ensuring the implemented tech solutions are aligned with the different business units operating within an organization is also important. Business-driven IT projects are not new and have transformed into areas of specialization that help businesses differentiate themselves. Therefore, CIOs should take into notice that the technology available is assisting business teams and IT communicate and collaborate resourcefully on enterprise IT projects.

Business Intelligence
Data analytics have transformed business operations. Data handling and the way data is analyzed will come further into the forefront for businesses this year . CIOs should make the most out of the data being mined and run the correct analytics to drive change. However, to maximize the impact of data, organizations will first have to shift to advanced platform enhancements that can support data analytics. 2017 is the year CIOs need to make this shift. As Beth Stackpole in’s ‘Tech Forecast 2017’ writes, “as companies double down on their efforts to get closer to customers, data has taken on critical importance, with analytics serving as a springboard for success.”

Machine Learning
2017 is also the year for CIOs to explore the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence. As organizations are discovering new cost-effective ways of transforming workspaces into digital environments, CIOs should work towards building operations that can function autonomously and offer tailored services at a speed not witnessed before.

2017 and a World of Opportunities for CIOs

As long as evolving digital technologies impact business interactions with customers, partners, shareholders and stakeholders, CIOs will continue to play an integral role in facilitating shifts in the business processes within an organization. From increased importance on data processing and analytics, to rigorous security measures and machine learning, CIOs in 2017 will be presented with a host of opportunities that will have them playing an integral role in driving their organization toward long-term success.

Cameron A

Cameron Ackbury is Deskera's President of US Operations. He has more than 20 years experience in the enterprise software industry and has led successful sales teams around the world.

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