Digital innovation dominates the agenda of technology leaders, but many organizations struggle to manage it, according to the Harvey Nash 2015 CIO Survey in association with KPMG. The survey, which represents the views of 3,691 technology leaders from more than 30 countries, found that the race to innovate has left many organizations without an enterprise-wide digital strategy and the IT skills needed to stay ahead.
“What’s most striking about the results is the speed of change,” says Albert Ellis, CEO of Harvey Nash Group. “In the seventeen years we have conducted the survey we have never seen a new role grow so quickly as we have the chief digital officer. We have never seen demand for a skill expand so quickly as we have for big data analytics. As technology increasingly becomes focused on the customer, the IT, marketing, and operations teams are increasingly working together in new ways. Sometimes it creates friction, uncertainty, and skills challenges, but for a CIO with the influence, connections, and technical ability to bring it all together, it’s an exciting place to be.”