By Peter Sondergaard, Gartner, Inc.
The next era of enterprise IT is upon us, but many CIOs are not prepared to manage the demands that come in this new era. We refer to this next era as the digitalization of IT, and it’s the beginning of the digital industrial economy.
According to Gartner’s annual CIO Agenda survey, the CIOs responded to say that they often feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building digital leadership while, at the same time, renovating the core of IT infrastructure and capability for the digital future. The survey found that 51 percent of CIOs are concerned that this change is coming faster than they can cope and 42 percent don’t feel that they have the talent needed to face this future.
The survey, which was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013, represents the views of more than 2,300 CIOs in 77 countries. The survey highlights the need for CIOs to respond to the dual goals of effectiveness and digitalization.