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The Challenges of Being a Business Game-Changer

by Michael Vizard, CIO Insight www.cioinsight.com June 11th 2013

The vast majority of CIOs want to be viewed as being strategic to the business. Two new CIO surveys, however, suggest that many CIOs are encountering significant challenges when it comes to turning strategic plans into innovative business reality.

A new survey of 560 senior IT leaders working at organizations with 500 or more employees, which was conducted by Emerson Network Power, finds that nearly half of CIOs consider themselves IT service providers or cost centers, rather than business game changers or strategic innovators.

At the same time, a new survey of 2,000 senior IT leaders conducted by the recruitment firm Harvey Nash USA found that 71 percent of CIOs believe the role of the CIO is becoming more strategic. Yet, only three percent of CIOs believe their organization's innovation potential has been fully realized, down from five percent last year. Also, 69 percent of CIOs say they are spending too little time and too few resources on innovative projects.