The DNA of the CIO

Opening the door to the C-suite

For many years, CIOs have been talking about becoming a true partner to the executive management team. But relatively few have broken out of their comfort zones to actually become one. The encouraging news is that many CIOs find the remit and responsibilities of their role hugely rewarding and enjoyable. Nevertheless, many more will need to test the limits of their comfort zones to become a relevant partner to the business in the years ahead – and to receive the recognition they deserve.

"If you think about the two overarching promises of IT, one is about productivity, which we've been focusing on, and the other is about value, which we've been inconsistent at delivering on our promises."

Werner Boeing
Head of IT of Roche Diagnostics

A recent Ernst and Young report, The DNA of the CIO, provides fresh insight into what it is to be a chief information officer (CIO) today. It explores the aspirations and expectations of those in the job – and the skills and relationships they need to master to succeed.

The report is based on our survey of more than 300 senior IT professionals from 13 countries within EMEIA, Americas and AsiaPac. A further 40 respondents from across the rest of the C-suite were polled to provide a perspective on how the CIO is perceived by the rest of the executive management team.

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