Top 10 CIO Concerns Defined as Economy expands
As the economy improves CIOs now have a new set of concerns to deal with
Top 10 CIO Priorities as Economy re-opens have been identified by Janco in its on-going analysis of the IT Job Market.
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With employment levels back to prior peak levels, CIO's now have a new set of priorities.
Updated with the latest CIO priorities
Top 10 CIO Priorities - during the pandemic
The top 10 list was compiled by Janco Associates in concert with its on-going IT Salary Survey interviews. The top 10 priorities and concerns are the areas of focus for CIOs and enterprise priorities based on Janco's surveys:
- Staffing - Recruiting new staff is the highest priority as companies re-open. Limited new development aside from WFH support and mobile computing is taking place.
- Security and Hacking - as more instances of cyberattacks are identified CIOs are well aware that their jobs are at risk if this occurs under their watch
- Identity Protection - With the availability of more information on individuals and enterprises there are more opportunities for bad actors to capture enough information that they can build profiles with can then be used to the detriment of both individuals and enterprises.
- Access Management - With the increase in access points to data and confidential enterprise assets there is a need for more enciphering and access protection.
- Mobile Computing - BYOD and mobile applications are where users are looking for support in order to improve their bottom-line results.
- Work From Home Support - WFH is a viable option for many organizations and WFH support now is the top priority for over 90% of CIOs surveyed
- Budget Management - There are two ways to control budgets. First spending can be limited. Second productivity can be improved both within IT and the operational units of an enterprise.
- Compliance - With WFH and compliance requirements like GDPR for the EU more rules will have to be implemented with businesses that operate outside of the US.
- Skills for new Technology including Blockchain, ERP, and Cloud Computing - This is the new hidden IT that is driving many new applications and is not under the complete control of the CIO and IT organization.
- Data Privacy via Standardization and Integration Infrastructure - No longer are those interacting with the data and systems in a single location utilizing standard hardware and software. Records management, retention, and destruction as well as version control are just a few of the areas that CIOs need to manage and control.
This list of top 10 CIO priorities was compiled by Janco Associates in concert with its on-going IT Salary Survey interviews. The top 10 concerns are:
- Security - as more instances of cyber-attacks are identified CIOs are well aware that their jobs are at risk if this occurs under their watch
- Cloud Computing - This is the new hidden IT that is driving many new applications and is not under the complete control of the CIO and IT organization.
- Infrastructure - No longer are those interacting with the data and systems in a single location utilizing standard hardware and software. Records management, retention and destruction as well as version control are just a few of the areas that CIOs need to manage and control.
- Consolidation - Islands of data and computing continue to exist as new technologies are implemented. Redundancy leads to disparate information and needs to be resolved.
- Big Data - As data is consolidated it needs to be analyzed more quickly so that decision making within the enterprise is improved.
- Automation - Traditional functions are now being eliminated and automation needs to take placed which will meet the strategic objectives of the enterprise.
- Mobile Computing - BYOD and mobile applications are where users are looking for support in order to improve their bottom line results.
- Staff Retention - During the past few years that has not been an issue but now with an improved IT job market staff will leave.
- Social Networks - This is the wave of the future and needs to be managed more effectively.
- Succession Planning - Not only for the CIO role but for all of the other key roles within the IT functions. Job family definition is now a priority.
Managing the CIO's Concerns
Janco has created a kit that contains tools which help an enterprise more easily manage each of the CIO concerns. The CIO Concern Management Toolkit is provided in MS WORD and PDF formats and includes the following:
- Security Manual Template
- How to Guide for Cloud Processing and Outsourcing
- IT Job Family Classification HandiGuide
- Over 324 Job Descriptions
- Interview and Hiring Guide
- Latest IT Salary Survey
- CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle plus Electronic Forms
- Business and IT Impact Questionnaire
- Vulnerability and Threat Assessment Tool
The kit can be ordered with or with out Janco's subscription update service or any of the kit components can be ordered individually.