Are CIOs Becoming Obsolete?

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Will CIOs go the way of the dinosaur?

As widely reported by Gathering Clouds friend barb Darrow and others CIOs are facing some big challenges. Just look at what the CIO has to deal with today as compared to 5 years ago: diminishing budgets, the stress of securing greater results, cloud adoption, big data, legacy apps, and to top it all off increased overlap with the line of business in terms of mandate.

As we previously discussed, the CIO’s territory is increasingly shared with many among the line of business, especially in the cloud era: Whether its CRM tools like Salesforce for sales, automation platforms for marketing, BYOD or big data analytics apps for a range of different parts of the organization, the CIO has to tie everything together. On top of this, the CEO and CFO now have a greater say in how budgets and projects occur for IT. In essence, the CIO is being asked to do a lot more with a lot less for many more stakeholders.

Cloud is an area that conceptually should fall within the mandate of IT. Yet, as we mentioned yesterday, the accessibility of the variety of cloud platforms has made it easier than ever for a range of business units (many without the necessary skills for management and expert implementation) to jump right in. Rogue IT in large organizations is drawn from this exact impulse.

So with CMOs, CFOs, CEOs, Biz Dev, operations, logicstics and even HR banging on the door for a piece of cloud, does it really belong to the CIO?

Yes! Simply utilizing a cloud enabled platform for marketing ops, or sales, etc. doesn’t mean that efficiencies are being achieved. A business runs on the different units operating in a way that is independent while feeding into the larger whole. Many of the benefits of cloud come back to smart implementation, and platforms not aligned with overall business strategy and unmonitored usage (does Marketing really know that their AWS instance has been on since December?) can seriously impact the way cloud helps a company.

Similarly, most businesses have to deal with some level of legacy maintenance. Without someone taking responsibility for putting those together is a way that is complemented by cloud, real value can’t be accessed in the cloud.

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By Jake Gardner

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