Gartner Research

2018 CIO Agenda: A GCC Perspective

Published: 09 March 2018

ID: G00346753

Analyst(s): Arnold Gutmann, Miriam Burt , Ed Gabrys


The Gartner 2018 CIO Survey shows that the CIO is changing from a delivery executive to a business executive. Here, we analyze survey results from the Gulf Cooperation Council, with insight into how GCC CIOs differ from their peers.

Table Of Contents

Survey Objective

Data Insights

  • The Digital Conversation Has Reached the Business Executive Level — So Should the CIO
  • GCC IT Budgets Are Increasing, but With an Uncertain Future
  • Business Growth and Digital Transformation Are Top Priorities
  • CIOs Are Rebalancing Their Technology Portfolio
  • BI/Analytics and Cloud Top the Technology Differentiator List for 2018
  • Disruptive Technologies Approach Tipping Points
  • CIOs Must Scale the Wall Between Digital Aspiration and Reality
  • Scaling of Digital Business Into Ecosystem Participation Necessitates New Roles in IT
  • Culture and Talent Are the Biggest Bricks in the Wall
  • GCC CIOs Must Get Creative to Respond to the Shortage of Regional Talent and Skills Needed to Keep Pace with the Speed of Digitalization
  • Independent, Multidisciplinary Digital Teams Predominate in Top Performers
    • CIOs Expect Their Jobs to Change
  • CIOs Are Adopting Roles That Drive Growth
    • Cybersecurity Presents GCC CIOs With a Leadership Opportunity
  • Methodology

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