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CIO challenges for 2017

Chloe Dobinson | Jan. 9, 2017
Cybersecurity, diversity, staying relevant and managing stakeholders are just some of the challenges facing CIOs in 2017.

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Gartner challenged CIOs in 2016 to tackle issues in talent, funding and resources as barriers for delivering innovation.  While some of these difficulties still remain an issue for Chief Information Officers today, we speak to leading CIOs and digital experts on what they predict will be the biggest concerns for CIOs in 2017.  

CIO challenges for 2017: Staying relevant

Speaking at the 2016 CIO Summit, columnist Ian Cox discussed staying relevant remains the biggest challenge for CIOs in 2017.

"There are a lot more people working in technology with a lot of other departments other than IT holding their own technology budgets," he said. "I think the challenge for CIOs is how they influence the decisions being made outside of their own remits and how they can use their skill sets to make their own decisions stay relevant in the industry."

According to the 2016 Gartner survey, 22% of CIOs say that having the relevant skill sets remains a barrier to success.  
Cybersecurity, Cloud and IoT remain the top trends companies are adopting or looking to develop for next year, while getting executives to understand the importance of IT is another issue for CIOs to tackle.

Budgetary constraints, management issues and skills shortages remain challenges CIOs must surmount to stay relevant and have influence in industry.  

CIO challenges for 2017: Cybersecurity

In 2016, Three Mobile was part of an infamous data breach putting at risk the personal date of nearly six million customers.

The mobile company saw hackers access Three's customer upgrade database using their employee login system obtaining information including names, addresses and mobile numbers.

CIOs managing cybersecurity should be aware of the current security risks.

According to the Spiceworks tech career survey, 62% of IT leaders see cybersecurity as a key skill to develop for 2017.

Protecting personal data and securing the business has remained a concern for CIOs annually. Digital leaders need to align with executives in monitoring security and ensuring they are protected from breaches.

As IoT is a growing digital trend with more devices being connected to the web the chance of threats remain a high risk for businesses.

CIOs should implement security strategies including staff training, focus groups and meetings as ways to teach all employees about security safety. Through collaborating with staff members CIOs can help ensure safety in the organisation and help prevent further threats.

CIO challenges for 2017: Diversity

Earlier this year, CIO UK wrote about how Gartner's 2017 CIO Agenda recognised diversity as a difficulty for CIOs.

Indeed, this challenge has seen only 16% of CIOs who are female make up the 2016 CIO 100.


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