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Challenges for CIOs in 2015

Not long ago, shifts in business weren's as drastic as they are today. A technology solution, chosen by a CIO, used to work within the business for a long time before being replaced or updated.

Today, business models change quickly and constantly.

Whether it's expanding product offers, needing boosted security features, or creating new front-user interfaces, CIOs rely heavily on dynamic and flexible technologies to keep up with the fast pace of today's business.

Procuring and implementing the best technologies to keep up with this pace is no easy task.

CIOs Must Ignore Predictions

According to Forbes, "Throughout 2014, the CIO profession was subjected to a baffling series of apocalyptic forecasts and dire predictions that have proven to be laughably wrong."

Predictions were so far off we are left wondering how they were created.

Some thought that Big Data experts, or data scientist masters, would take over CIO functions completely, however we realize there's more to IT than big data.

It was also noted that Cloud and mobile technologies would replace the need for CIOs. While these solutions are impressive, and far-reaching, creating, maintaining, and leveraging an overall IT strategy to support business objectives involves human capital. 

Facing Security is Like Coaching a Team

Security is on the mind of every CIO, as mentioned previously in our blog, and a proactive, holistic approach is needed to combat threats from every angle.

Besides software and hardware solutions to analyze, identify, or rank potential threats, understanding the actual data to be protected is the first step to a sucessful strategy.

According to InformationWeek, "You must foster internal debate about the value of data collected and the risk of having it exposed."

A thoughtful risk analysis, overseen by CIOs involving every stakeholder, could be used to creating a ranking system.

Determining the rank of the data, priorities for data center migrations, back ups, disaster recovery and business continuity plans can be set. CIO is needed to fully address both of these elements: data and the best strategy to secure it. 


IT Supports Business, Not the Other Way Around 

According to CIOInsight, "... it's not so much about having the shiniest new technology or the spiffiest hardware and software – though systems are still critically important. It's how everything is positioned and connected." From apps and cloud computing to legacy system management and data storage, the amount of teams and financials involved in IT decisions is overwhelming.  And all of this merely scratches the surface.

CIO insight continues, "Simply put, CIOs must take on more of a role of a conductor and understand how to bring together teams and groups effectively." 

It's a Hard Job, But A CIO Has To Do It

Through collaborations with CMOs, stakeholders, employees, providers the CIO function is more important than ever to maintain smooth operations. While each team is tactical from data scientists on one end to accounting on another,  the CIO plays the important role of interconnecting everyone, and their data. 

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Written by IBM BP Network