CIO predictions for 2017 revealed by IDC

CIO IndiaInformation technology market agency IDC today revealed CIO predictions for 2017.

These predictions lay out the ten most important shifts that will happen in IT organizations over the next 36 months and will guide senior IT executives and enterprise CIOs in the formation of their three-year strategic IT plan.

By 2019, 40 percent of IT projects will create new digital services and revenue streams that monetize data.

By 2018, 65 percent of IT organizations will create new customer-facing and ecosystem-facing services to meet the business DX needs.

Lack of vision, credibility, or ability to influence will keep 40 percent of CIOs from attaining leadership roles in enterprise DX by 2017.

By 2019, 75 percent of CIOs will recognize the limitations of traditional IT and embrace a leadership approach that embodies a virtuous cycle of innovation (Leading in 3D).


40 percent of CIOs will advance DX initiatives by building organizational linkages with line of business (LOB) technology teams and across IT organizational silos, empowering changes in thinking, culture, and practices by 2018.

By 2019, 80 percent of bimodal IT organizations will accumulate a crippling technical debt resulting in spiraling complexity, costs, and lost credibility.

45 percent of CIOs will shift primary focus from physical to digital and move away from BPM and optimization by 2018 to deliver scale, predictability, and speed.

By 2018, 45 percent of CIOs will focus on platformization, using DevOps for rapid development, cost reduction, and enterprise agility.

By 2019, 70 percent of IT organizations will shift their culture to a startup-like work environment by embracing Agile practices and open source communities

By 2017, 80 percent of CIOs will help drive global risk portfolios that enable adaptive responses to security, compliance, business, or catastrophic threats.

“CIOs have to find a way to reinvent their IT organizations; otherwise, they risk dragging down their businesses or getting replaced by service providers that can accomplish what they can’t,” said Joe Pucciarelli, group VP and IT executive advisor, IDC IT Executive Programs.

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