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CIO event - Brussels

In December, we hosted our CIO event, in the Colonial Palace in Tervuren, in collaboration with KPMG.

During this event, we released and discussed the results of our annual CIO Survey.
Once again, thousands of CIOs and IT Leaders from all over the world have given their valuable time to respond to the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. The survey is now firmly established as the largest poll of its kind in the world. It charts trends in the industry as well as providing unrivalled insight into the thoughts of influential leaders.

Our guests on stage were:

Survey Finding Speakers
Jonathan Mitchell, Harvey Nash
Paul Olieman, KPMG

The panel were:
Carl Tilkin-Franssens | CIO, Acerta
Lieve Stynen | CEO, Wunderkraut
Erwin Verstraelen | CIO, Aveve

We received over 3.300 replies from IT leaders worldwide (82 countries and spanning 4 continents).

Key themes this year are skills shortage, dealing with digital and growing influence of IT leaders.

There are five things we learned:

1/ The CIO role is changing (fundamentally):

The old operational priorities of cost saving and infrastructure are declining, and new outward facing ones are increasing - such as revenue growth and digital

Connected to this more CIOs report directly to the CEO (34%) than at any time in the past decade, rising 10% over the last year

This increase in importance has come about as the CIO is becoming more focused on non-IT activity. Four in ten CIOs now spend more than one day a week in areas entirely unrelated to traditional IT.

2/ Skills shortage grows, but good news on gender diversity

Despite CIOs being more creative and increasing their influence, they still are being hindered by the greatest technology skills shortage since the Great Recession almost a decade ago.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of CIOs say they believe a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change, a 10% increase in just 12 months

Eleven percent of survey respondents were female, up from 8% last year and the first time in the survey's history women made up more than one in ten participants. Women in the top CIO role has risen by a third - up from 6 to 9%.

3/ Cyber security - One in three global CIOs responded to cyber-attacks in the last two years
Almost one in three (28%) of CIOs have had to respond to a major IT security or cyber-attack on behalf of their organization in the last two years.
Almost half of CIOs (49%) report data loss and privacy risks as the biggest challenge with adopting cloud technology.
Only a fifth (22%) of CIOs feel confident their organization is very well prepared to identify and respond to cyber-attacks compared to nearly a third in 2014.

4/ CIOs are getting to grips with digital
Almost one in ten companies implemented an enterprise wide digital strategy (jumping from 27% to 35%).
Alongside this growth in strategy comes a growth in importance: the single most likely body to own the digital strategy is the Board. IT comes second. It's worth noting here that Marketing, perhaps the traditional sparring partner of the CIO in digital, is now close to the bottom. As companies develop a clearer understanding of what digital means for their business and as such the old confusions between digital business, digital marketing are resolved.

5/ CIOs increasing agility
Big jumps are planned in cloud investment.
59 per cent of organisations looking to implement agile methods to develop and deliver IT services.
For the Creative CIO, the goal is to simplify organisational structures to successfully to deliver both a more agile and innovative business environment and a more engaging customer experience.

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Thank you to everyone who took part, and who continue to make the CIO Survey events a great way to share knowledge and insights.

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