A clear majority (67%) of business leaders say the CIO is now second only to the CEO in terms of shaping and delivering business strategy, if Citrix research is to be believed.
Leadership skills may also now become an increasingly important part of what was once a primarily technical role; 73% of business leaders surveyed said they believe “having a vision for the future is important to being a successful technology leader” in today’s world.
But increased responsibility is not without its drawbacks, with nearly half (46%) of C-level tech leaders surveyed saying they are delaying their retirement because they fear there will be no one to replace them.
Citrix spoke to 3,300 business leaders working at large and midsize companies in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the Netherlands.
These fears may make sense in light of their current responsibilities, with 60% saying their role involves ensuring everyone in the organization has the technology they need to work effectively, and half saying they are involved in resolving technological problems for employees.
Additionally, CIOs are having a greater impact than ever on their company’s financial future, with 64% of respondents saying the CIO is in control of the majority of their organization’s budget, surpassing even CEOs in this regard. .
But despite this increased level of influence, many CIOs are struggling with the same classic set of issues, with 67% saying legacy systems and technical debt are a major challenge in their role.
Commenting on the news, Sridhar Mullapudi, general manager of Citrix, highlighted how CIOs “must play a key role in navigating the current talent crisis, both by providing tools to maximize employee productivity and by leading development projects.” automation”.
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