Gartner Research

The Four Futures of the CIO Role

Published: 27 March 2013

ID: G00238569

Analyst(s): John Mahoney, Simon Mingay , Lee Weldon

Summary

We use Gartner's research on the four futures of IT to identify four future role types for the CIO and their characteristics. We provide a simple self-assessment tool for CIOs to understand their own situations and to plan their future directions and road maps.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Introduction
  • The Four Futures of the CIO Role
  • Personal Attributes and Leadership Styles of the Four CIO Futures
    • Broker and Engineer
    • Integrator and Optimizer
    • Enabler and Conductor
    • Explorer and Pioneer
  • The Styles and Goals of the Four CIO Futures
    • Broker and Engineer
    • Integrator and Optimizer
    • Enabler and Conductor
    • Explorer and Pioneer
  • IT Organization Structures, Relationships and Innovation Approaches That Characterize Each Type of CIO
    • Broker and Engineer
    • Integrator and Optimizer
    • Enabler and Conductor
    • Explorer and Pioneer
  • Assets and Governance Approaches on Which Each CIO Type Concentrates
    • Broker and Engineer
    • Integrator and Optimizer
    • Enabler and Conductor
    • Explorer and Pioneer
  • Leadership Alliances Your Future Role Will Need
    • Broker and Engineer — Execution Alliance
    • Integrator and Optimizer — Corporate Alliance
    • Enabler and Conductor — Strategic Alliance
    • Explorer and Pioneer — Business Alliance
  • Check Your CIO Leadership Situation Using This Simple Self-Assessment
  • Recommended Action Plan for CIOs to Prepare for the Four Futures

Appendix

  • The Four Futures of IT
    • IT as Engine Room
    • IT as Global Business Service Provider
    • Everyone's IT
    • IT Is the Business

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