Gartner Research

To Stay Relevant, Upstream CIOs Must Make IT Planning Agile and Adaptable

Published: 11 August 2015

ID: G00278093

Analyst(s): Rich McAvey


In 2014, the IT plans of most upstream companies could not keep pace with changes in market conditions. Upstream CIOs need planning methods that are more robust and adaptable so they can navigate swings in turbulent hydrocarbon markets and shifts in emerging digital technology markets.

Table Of Contents



  • Define the Dimensions of Uncertainty in Hydrocarbon Markets With the Most Substantial Impact on IT Plans, Focusing on Uncertainties That Directly Impact the Prioritization and Timing of IT Work
  • Define the Dimensions of Uncertainty in Emerging Markets for Digital Technologies With the Most Potential Impact on IT Plans, Focusing on Opportunities to Accelerate Business Progress
  • Shift to a More Agile and Adaptable Planning Methodology, Such as Scenario Planning, to Develop IT Plans That Anticipate, Accommodate and Adjust to Changes in Priorities and Timing

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