CIOs want cloud, cybersecurity and AI – but not all confident their IT is up to it

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Data analytics, cloud and cyber security are the key technologies for CIOs today – but a fair proportion are looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

That is the primary finding from a study by Trace3, a provider of, well, cloud, cybersecurity, and machine learning software. Never mind that however – the statistics from the study, which featured more than 200 responses from the C-suite, as well as vice presidents and directors, are still of interest.

Two thirds (67%) of CIOs polled said technology was a ‘business enabler’, with data analytics the most important category for business transformation, cited by 74% of respondents. Cloud (64%), cybersecurity (63%), and AI (44%) were also frequently cited.

Yet not all CIOs think this way. 28% of those polled said they saw technology as an ‘afterthought’ when it came to supporting their company’s strategy. Despite an overwhelming 94% of respondents arguing that staying current on tech trends was either ‘critical’ or ‘important’, only three in five said their IT operation was ‘well prepared’ to support business transformation through innovative technology usage.

As far as how the CIO is seen, 47% said they considered the CIO function to be ‘important’ in moving the business forward, while only 39% see the CIO role as ‘critical’, with technology driving all important initiatives.

“Businesses today are working to embrace technology innovation in a way that drives measurable business outcomes in the form of efficiency, competitive advantage and industry disruption,” said Todd Gallina, Trace3 VP marketing in a statement. “Our survey results show most businesses have prioritised technology-led business transformation as a strategic imperative. However, many struggle to stay current on the most disruptive technologies on the market, as well as how to integrate them into their current ecosystems.”

This makes for interesting reading when compared to another piece of research from Gartner in June. The analyst firm argued that many employees see their CIOs as not being receptive to their technology needs. A quarter (26%) of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 admitted they used unapproved applications for collaboration, compared with only 10% of those aged between 55 and 74. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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