A couple months ago, I reached out to a set of CIOs on the importance of good governance and security. All of them agreed that both were incredible important. However, one CIO retorted a very pointed remark by saying that “the IT leadership at these breached companies wasn’t stupid”. He continued by saying that when selling the rest of the C-Suite, the discussion needs to be about business outcomes and business benefits. For this reason, he said that CIOs have struggled at selling the value of investments in governance and security investment.
I mentioned high up that I excluded technologies because they are obvious. I also have reverted to the term analytics. Big data is too fuzzy.
However, if one gets more detailed, you could explore technologies like software-defined data centers, converged infrastructure, cognizant computing, wearables and Internet of Things. With in the possibe exception of converged infrastructure, those will inch ahead in 2015 and not explode unless the Apple Watch does for wearables what the iPhone and iPad did for phones and tablets, respectively.
The focus on security could also slow other technologies like cloud and Big Data...whoops, I meant advanced analytics.
What are the top five priorities for the CIO in the new year? That's our #CIOchat question for Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET.
I'll a stab at them and would love to hear back from CIOs. You can also respond at length in our new CIO Question. My five purposely avoided technologies except security because at this high level, they are obvious: cloud, Big Data, mobile, data centers etc.
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