CIO predictions for 2018 – ahead of digital transformation by IDC

Serge Findling IDCAnalyst firm IDC has revealed top ten CIO predictions for 2018.

The main challenge for CIOs and senior information and technology (IT) executives is to think and operate like a digital-native enterprise in the face of the emergence of platforms, innovation accelerators, machine learning, augmented skills, micro-personalization, new partnerships, and new relationships.

“As the new digital economy emerges from disruption, CIOs are seeing their last opportunity to cross the digital divide and earn their right to play in the next phase,” said Serge Findling, vice president of Research for IDC’s IT Executive Programs (IEP).

75 percent of CIOs will put experiential engagement, data monetization, or digital business at scale at the top of their agenda by 2018.

75 percent of CIOs and their enterprises will fail to meet all of their digital objectives through 2019, dragged down by conflicting digital transformation imperatives, ineffective technology innovation, cloud infrastructure transition, and underfunded end-of-life core systems.

60 percent of the CIOs who have crossed the digital divide will prevail in c-suite turmoil and competition to become digital business leaders for their enterprises by 2020.

60 percent of CIOs will complete infrastructure and application re-platforming using cloud, mobile, and devops, clearing the deck for accelerated enterprise digital transformation by 2019.

60 percent of it organizations will deploy DX platforms supporting new customer- and ecosystem-facing business models by 2019.

75 percent of CIOs will refocus cybersecurity around authentication and trust to manage business risks, initiating the retirement of systems that cannot ensure data protection by 2019.

40 percent of CIOs will leverage vision- and mission-driven leadership to inspire and empower their organizations to create digital transformation capabilities by 2020.

40 percent of CIOs will adopt new digital governance models to accelerate innovation and speed by 2019 recognizing the failure of existing it governance and the need for a shared digital transformation vision.

70 percent of CIOs will take agility to the next level, gearing up to a product model using design thinking and devops by 2018.

60 percent of CIOs will implement an it business model and culture that shifts focus from it projects to digitally-oriented products by 2020.

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