CIOs view leadership and business acumen as their key skills, but are still battling boardroom prejudice to be truly accepted as strategic players.
Three-quarters of the CIOs polled at a Dell large-customer event rate leadership as the chief skill they need for their job, even though only a tenth say reducing IT spend is a priority in the next 12 months.
But this is at odds with how they are seen in the boardroom. More than half the respondents say their chief executives do not view them as business leaders and that their C-level peers do not appreciate the value IT brings to the business.
CIOs still need to keep an eye on the day-to-day systems management, but their role is expanding, says Robin Johnson, IT vice president Dell EMEA.
“The breadth of the CIO role continues to evolve to include more business understanding, innovation and management skills.”
Cutting costs may be out for 90% of the respondents, but squeezing the most out of budgets is still a priority for a third of the senior IT heads.