Issues Facing CIOs Today

What issues are you addressing today in your organization? Is it a blend of business, strategic, leadership, and technology?

Here is my list (in no particular order) of issues facing CIOs today:

  1. Securing of sensitive data
  2. Compliance and information risk management
  3. Increasing regulatory oversight
  4. Willingness to share information and adopt best practices across the organization locally and globally
  5. Enterprise resilience to guard against disruptions
  6. Fully Integrating of applications and software across the enterprise while lessening the overall maintenance and upkeep
  7. Cost-effective IT operations and compelling ROIs for tech investments
  8. Effective governance practice
  9. IT/Business alignment
  10. Green Computing
  11. Budget reductions
  12. Off-shoring/on-shoring/re-shoring
  13. Cloud Computing
  14. Social Media
  15. Staff hiring and retention

Being aware of challenges and issues is important for any successful CIO’s management strategy. Any list of issues or top priorities facing CIOs is open to debate. However, having the debate is important because it brings the issues out into the open. What’s most important is that CIOs do not fall into a reactionary mode of operation and management. Doing so is easy especially during times of economic distress, it is easy to react to issues rather than to plan and execute.

What issues are your facing today? Let us know and continue the debate?

Further Reading:

Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009 by Bob Evans

Top Issues for CIO’s by Eric D. Brown

The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors by Peter Thomas

6 thoughts on “Issues Facing CIOs Today

  1. Very informative post.

    Since I am more familiar with the manufacturing/ERP-centric world, I believe your #1 would probably be further down the list and many items in the middle (and the bottom) toward the top. I’d be curious to see if any of your other readers will chime in with their top issues/priorities.

  2. I would add “culture change” to the list, although it is woven into many of the other items. Too many IT groups still do not understand (or want to understand) the business needs. Being able to get IT staff to think about the business first and the technology second (or third or fourth) is tough, but being successful in this area has great payback.

    • Hi Don,
      I agree with your comment 100% that IT needs to focus on business first and tech second. This is a fundamental failure of IT and one that perpetuates the remark that IT is not in alignment with business.

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