State of the CIO 2016: It's complicated

The 15th annual State of the CIO report reveals that IT leaders are caught between the demand to ensure functional efficiency and security and the need to drive digital transformation as strategic business partners.

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What can you do to get paid more, earn greater respect, gain access to more resources to address IT challenges and find career fulfillment? The answer is simple: Play an active role your company's business strategy. That's the message from the 571 executives surveyed for our 15th annual State of the CIO report.

The answer may be simple, but getting there is complex. In fact, your job as a CIO is more complicated than ever before, and the trend won't likely reverse itself in the coming year.

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On the one hand, you are expected to be the driver of enterprise digital transformations. However, on the other hand, you face a wide range of tactical challenges — from defending against increasingly sophisticated and potentially damaging cybersecurity threats to managing mass cloud migrations to leading agile development projects.

Add to that the need to work with marketing even more closely and meet with external customers more often, and it’s little wonder that  88 percent of you told us that your role is becoming increasingly challenging and 71 percent of you said it’s difficult to strike the right balance between innovation and operational efficiency and security.

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