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2018 CIO Agenda: A Life Science Perspective

Published: 09 March 2018

ID: G00347064

Analyst(s): Michael Shanler , Brad Holmes , Jeff Smith , Stephen Davies


Life science CIOs must establish stronger enterprise leadership to deliver value to the business with digital initiatives and technology investments. Many LS CIOs expect their impact on the business to grow, yet their reporting structure holds them back.

Table Of Contents

Data Insights

  • Most LS CIOs Perceive Their Organization as Digitally Challenged
  • CIOs Hit a Wall Between Initiating and Scaling Digital Business
  • Culture Is Universally the Biggest Barrier to Scaling in Digital, but Misalignment With the CEO Is a Uniquely LS Issue
  • LS CIOs Are Anticipating More Money for 2018 Than Their Cross-Industry Peers
  • LS CIOs' Priorities Are Growth and Innovation
  • LS CIOs Expect Their Job to Change and Become Even More Business-Oriented
  • Fewer LS CIOs Hold the Chief Digital Officer Role and Other Non-IT Leadership Roles
  • CIOs From Top Performers Spend More Time on Executive Leadership
  • CIOs From Top Performers Are More Likely to Report to a CEO, Not the CFO, and Have a Seat at the Executive Table
  • Top CIOs Are More Actively Supporting New Roles to Increase Participation in a Secure Business Ecosystem
  • BI/Analytics Remains the Top Technology Differentiator in 2018
  • Disruptive Technologies Approach Tipping Points
  • In Life Science, AI, IoT and Digital Security Have the Biggest Impacts on IT
  • Take Steps to Improve Executive Influence and Digital Maturity
  • Appendix
  • Methodology

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