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Technology trends change role of CIOs

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 30, 2012
CIOs are using new world technologies to drive innovation and productivity.

Technology trends have changed the role of CIOs and they are turning to 'new world' technologies to find more flexible and cost effective ways to drive innovation and productivity.

These findings are evident by the latest Hudson ICT Leaders Series report, 'Cloud, BYOD & Teleworking: Mastering the Skills Mix for Today's IT Function'.

CIOs now require different skills to be successful, as they have to overcome challenges such as budgetary pressures, dealing with a digital landscape and new operating models.

Operationally-focused IT functions managers are replaced by business technology teams who work with the organisation to drive business outcomes.

"User-driven technologies such as flexible working, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and social media, combined with technology developments and increasing business demands are driving transformational change. IT is no longer supporting the organisation - it is a key driver of business outcomes," said Andrew Tomich, executive general manager of Hudson Singapore.

Using the cloud to deliver services

Hudson ICT Leaders Series report shows that 43 percent of respondents' organisations are using the cloud to deliver services.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said they bring their own smartphone to work and 24 percent bring their own tablet which has implications for asset management and security.

Fifty-two percent provide flexible working arrangements for some employees and 38 percent have introduced a flexible device usage policy. About two-thirds of organisations use social media as a promotional tool.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said productivity was enhanced with cloud computing and social media.

Hudson suggests that ICT leaders should be able to adapt to a constantly changing technology environment, embrace employee demands, negotiate and manage partnerships and projects, manage services and provide advice that supports business aspirations.


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