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CEOs Are Signaling the First Significant Change to IT's Mission in More Than 20 Years

Published: 10 April 2014

ID: G00263242

Analyst(s): Ken McGee


CIO budgets are flat again this year, but business unit IT spending levels continue to rise. Now that CEOs have identified digital-business-related technology areas to invest in by 2019, and most new projects to be funded outside the CIO's budget, the main role of IT staffs may be orchestrator.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Opportunity for CIOs to Orchestrate New IT Projects

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Opportunities to deploy new business-unit-funded IT solutions will bypass in-house IT staff involvement unless CIOs make IT orchestration a new and central part of their departments' charter
  • Outdated or ineffective project management and cost estimate skills will prevent IT staffs from successfully competing for deploying front-office-funded IT solutions in the very near future
  • Without protection, orchestrating CIOs will attract responsibility for nonperforming IT solutions they did not select

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