It’s hard to believe, but CIOs used to fight for their “place at the table” when it came to crucial business decisions, just a decade ago. They are now regarded as trusted advisors to their peers and key drivers of company innovation.
The year 2021 was marked by a great deal of upheaval. It’s possible that what worked yesterday won’t work tomorrow. Everyone will require a new playbook to succeed in the so-called “New Normal.” The same may be said for all CIOs. Due to new company models, regulatory changes, and technologies, the pandemic has caused enormous disruptions for enterprises.
Here are the top four priorities for the forward-thinking CIO in the coming year.
Implementation of advanced cloud computing
As businesses move to remote and hybrid work settings, cloud computing is becoming more valuable than ever. Through specialized and purpose-built solutions, it has spread to every location.
By 2022, these solutions will have transformed every industry — from retail to finance to IT. This year, CIOs’ top priorities will include the implementation of new cloud technologies. It will assist them in providing speed, scalability, and flexibility benefits. Specifically, they should consider how to grow their operational model in order to build long-term value.
According to Gartner analysts, by 2025, over 85% of enterprises will have adopted a cloud-first strategy and will be unable to properly execute their digital plans without the use of cloud-native architectures and technologies.
Before creating a long-term hybrid or remote working model, IT leaders should build a technology infrastructure that allows them to boost employee productivity regardless of where their employees work.
This year, CIOs will rely on more all-in-one solutions to provide their organizations with an optimal solution that can do active employee monitoring, meeting requests, time tracking, document management, provide various views in processes, and more.
CIOs place a high priority on automation. Especially as it allows corporate leaders to reach their objectives more quickly.
According to a recent report by Camunda, “State of process automation report 2022”, 92% of IT decision-makers regard process automation as a critical component of digital transformation. CIOs should consider a well-informed automation approach to help their organization’s digital transformation efforts, especially when manual processes consume time and human resources.
Employees can do their work better and eliminate mistakes and human error thanks to the numerous benefits of automation. It even extends to enhancing consumer experiences.
Improving talent recruitment and retention
CIOs that attract people to establish modern engineering skills with a focus on innovation has the best chance of staying ahead of the competition and driving business strategy. For many CIOs, this entails careful consideration of their personal brand, a considerable transformation in culture, mindset, and career routes, as well a reframe of IT’s reputation within their companies.
CIOs can ensure they have the proper expertise and skillsets to focus on mission-critical technology initiatives by strategically prioritizing hiring and retention activities. CIOs may prioritize the truly distinctive technical skill sets and build a laser focus on acquiring and retaining top talents by taking strategic initiatives.