What CEOs want in a CIO: A strategic business partner

Research shows that CEOs are looking to CIOs to drive transformation and business strategy. Are you ready to step up?

For years we’ve heard that change is constant in business. But now it’s more than just constant; it’s accelerating. While you can find plenty of articles that talk about how hard it is to lead organizational change, this environment couldn’t be better for CIOs, especially the ones who are ready to show up differently and unlock strategic value for the business.

A recent Deloitte study finds that CEOs are looking for CIOs to step up as strategic business partners who will shepherd the organization through these ongoing cycles of accelerating transformation and disruption. They know that technology will play an increasingly important role in driving business strategy and performance going forward. Indeed, 93% of CEO respondents to the Deloitte survey say that technology is important in driving product and service innovation and 90% say technology is important for delivering top-line growth (compared to 82% and 83% of CIOs, respectively). With IT’s end-to-end view of the enterprise, tech leaders are uniquely positioned to identify and lead industry-disrupting change.

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