A latest report from IDC showed that over 40 percent of line of business (LOB) executives see the CIO as Innovation Officer responsible for leading digital transformation.
The new report was compiled using inputs from IDC’s 2015 CIO Sentiment Survey and LOB Sentiment Survey.
Of the 150 CIO respondents, 40.7 percent viewed themselves as operational, 34 percent viewed themselves as service managers, and 25.3 percent viewed themselves as innovation officers.
Conversely, 40.9 percent of LOB respondents view their CIO as an innovation officer, with only 27.5 percent viewing their CIO as operational.
According to IDC, this is indicative of the challenge that CIOs face in evolving their role, where having to meet operational requirements is holding some back from meeting the new expectations of their business counterparts.
“CIOs who stay operational will find themselves further marginalized over the next three years. For these executives to stay relevant, they must shift their focus to transformation and innovation and incorporating those innovations into their stable infrastructures,” said Mike Jennett, Vice President of Research for Enterprise Mobility in IDC’s IT Executive Program.
IDC has introduced a Leading in 3D framework to help CIOs partner with and further educate the business. According to the research agency, the framework will enable CIOs to be directly engaged in every phase of business Digital Transformation.
IDC predicted that through 2018, two-thirds of CIOs will have embraced Leading in 3D.