Friday 28 October 2016

Majority of Irish CIOs struggling to keep up with technology pace

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland.
Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland.

Irish chief information officers (CIOs) face a disruptive 24 months which could see the role change dramatically.

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New research conducted by BT Ireland and Amárach, which surveyed 150 Irish CIOs and IT leaders from organisations with over 300 employees, found that almost three-quarters (72pc) are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of technological change. "The data finds are interesting in terms of the concerns that the CIOs are having now specific to the relevancy of their roles within the organisation," said BT Ireland managing director Shay Walsh, inset.

"I think it's confirming a trend that we're seeing that the traditional CIO job was log and flog your tickets. Now what companies are demanding more and more is for CIOs to be thought leaders within the business," Mr Walsh said.

The research revealed that 68pc of those interviewed on an anonymous basis now have to manage internal demands of other departments because of emerging technologies.

Other findings showed that 61pc of CIOs are being asked to demonstrate more business benefits from IT. An example given is cloud computing and how it can help reduce expenditure.

Almost 50pc said that the change to their role is being implemented by board level decisions while only 38pc believe that the changing of the role is a positive for their career.

Cloud technology is proving to be one of the most disruptive technological changes for the roles according to the survey as it has a significant effect on cost. While the survey shows a change in the CIO role, Mr Walsh said there is growth in the popularity of chief digital architect and chief digital officer positions.

Mr Walsh said that while some of those surveyed see the change as an opportunity, the majority see it as more of a threat to their roles.

Irish Independent

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