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CIOs need to champion digital change as IT leadership roles evolve

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The CIO role is in transition and successful IT leaders will grab the opportunity to inspire and lead digital initiatives across the organisation, according to Gartner’s annual CIO survey.

The study, which draws on the opinions of more than 3,000 global CIOs, including more than 1,000 European IT leaders, found 82% of European technology chiefs believe digital business has led to a greater capacity for change and a more open mindset in their IT organisations.

Andy Rowsell-Jones, vice-president and analyst at Gartner, told delegates at the firm’s annual CIO Symposium in Barcelona that the constant flux in business demands means IT leaders must continue to hone their craft and ask themselves critical questions about their capabilities and ambitions.

“The CIO role is in transition – and it’s happening much more quickly with the scaling of digital transformation,” he said.

“Look in the mirror and think about whether you’re the person to lead your organisation – now is the time to fire yourself as a delivery executive and to hire yourself as an IT business executive.”

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Article Credit: Computer Weekly

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