Throughout this year we have been talking about the need to re-imagine IT in the face of changing business priorities, technology innovation and IT performance. Re-imagination involves finding new answers to new questions and that involves hearing from you.
Gartner Executive Programs runs an annual survey of CIOs that seeks to understand CIO priorities, plans and issues. The survey is the best way for you as a CIO to have your voice heard and to listen to what other CIOs in your industry, geography and size have to say. I would like to invite CIOs, only please, to contribute their thoughts by following this open link:
The survey takes about 20 – 25 minutes and you will receive a peer report and electronic copy of the 2012 CIO agenda report in January for participating.
You may be asking why should I bother responding to yet another survey.
Good question and I would not be recommending taking even 2 minutes out of your day if it did not represent a good return on your time.
The Gartner CIO Survey seeks answers to specific questions that matter to CIOs. We do not look to take the temperature of IT or the CIO to give you weather report type answers. “IT is getting cloudy with a chance of SOA showers,” is something that we will not report. That is the domain of others.
The specific questions we are testing this year include:
- What constitutes an effective IT strategy? Its characteristics and how does having a strong strategy change IT and enterprise performance?
- Where are the major skill gaps in IT? Which roles are performing and which need to step up their game in 2012?
- Is IT’s value being ‘held back’ by business management capability? Are you creating value that the organization is not competent to realize?
- What are the most effective metrics for demonstrating IT’s value? Which ones are used most often and to they really work?
- As IT moves more mainstream, how well does IT work with other organizational processes? To what degree does IT value relate to performance in HR, Finance, Procurement, etc.
- Where do CIOs see their future? What is their next role? How are they preparing for it?
If someone said they had responses to these questions based on data you would immediately ask, well are they like me? The only way to know for sure is to share your thoughts, your experiences and your opinions.
We all have to re-imagine IT or be relegated to making every year just like the last. Frankly, finding new answers to old questions is one thing. Understanding the leadership, organizational and operational issues for moving forward are much more exciting individually, rewarding professionally and valuable to your organization.
So give us 20 minutes and we will give you back the context that you need to
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