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Sleepless Nights For CIOs

By Dave Pagenkopf

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Chief Information Officers still have fits of insomnia...

Two years ago, I wrote a three part series on issues that keep CIOs awake at night:

1) cybersecurity
2) relevancy of the IT function to the business
3) funding loss due to the commoditization of IT services

The Wall Street Journal recently published the results of a CIO survey on insomnia driving issues for them. The top three issues today are:

1) cybersecurity
2) funding challenges
3) relevancy of the IT function to the business

Although the order may have changed, two years later, the top three issues remain despite the significantly changing IT landscape.

What can we learn? These issues are systemic, deep, and complicated to solve. Problems like these tend to be rooted in process and people issues and not technology adoption. That is a lesson that IT people, especially technologists, ignore at their peril.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, CIO Stats: What Keeps CIOs Up at Night, May 3, 2017.

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