CEOs see the CIO as key to digital success

Edward Qualtrough

And in the new Gartner CEO survey, Raskino suggests that the CIO is in the ideal position to be this 'champion'.

"Many business leaders are lagging behind in their understanding of what digital business means, and the disruptions that are only slightly ahead of them," Raskino said.

"One of the most important things the CIO can do over the next year or two is close the very big gap in understanding, by working on education for the board, executives, senior and middle management layers.

"A decade of believing that IT was a commodity function, to be mostly outsourced, has left many business leaders in a position of relative weakness. Their vision and knowledge of the changes that technology makes possible are not strong enough. Their abilities in making, deep, technology-enabled business changes happen are not well practised."

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