A recent survey from Adobe has revealed that CIOs prefer AI, public cloud, and cybersecurity
Adobe has released a new survey that highlights the priorities and challenges IT leaders are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The global lockdown has forced organizations across the globe to work from home and has altered CIO priorities and enterprise initiatives. They will need to reinvent themselves as virtual leaders, said the survey that was conducted in mid-March with over 200 CIO respondents in the US.
Nearly 85% of CIOs said they are set up to work remotely, while 53% of them find communication challenging while enabling employees to work outside the office, the survey found. Around 20% of respondents face serious shortfalls in technology tools. Half of the CIOs said their company was actively hiring even during the time of the crisis; however, 47% of them anticipated the current situation would slow their hiring cycle.
Clearly, the lockdown has brought to fore some issues that were not on the top list of concerns or priorities earlier. Beyond the lockdown induced change in insights, CIOs seem to have experienced a shift towards sustainable infrastructure, and tools to support that. Security too became a priority there and according to the report, cybersecurity became a significant priority for CIOs- seven in 10 enterprises are expecting to increase their financial investments in security technologies. Meanwhile, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and public cloud will also receive financial boosts in many organizations. Over 90% of companies that have implemented AI did it in 2019. The most significant issues related to AI include getting data in order, funding, and finding the right talent.
As per the survey, 90% of CIOs said they are using a public cloud service to some extent, but most data is housed on-premises. About one in three organizations store half or more of their data in a public cloud.
On another note, some things have not changed too much. Women are still underrepresented in terms of C-suite roles as female team members represented only 25% of the total workforce. The report said there are, a higher proportion of female team members in smaller organizations and healthcare organizations.