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01 July 2014

Navigating the digital torrent

The report detailing the results of Gartner’s latest annual CIO survey was named Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda. As the title suggests, it focuses on the challenges facing CIOs and their IT functions as they try to cope with the demands of the digital revolution. For example, the survey found that 51% of CIOs are concerned that the “digital torrent” is coming faster than they can cope with, and 42% do not feel that they have the talent needed to face this future. Commenting on the findings, Dave Aron, vice-president and Gartner Fellow, said: “2014 must be a year of significant change if CIOs are to help their businesses and public sector agencies remain relevant in an increasingly digital world.” Aron also noted that “2014 will be a year of dual goals: responding to ongoing needs for efficiency and growth, but also shifting to exploit a fundamentally different digital paradigm. Ignoring either of these is not an option". Digital challenges faced by CIOs The challenges faced by CIOs and IT functions in the digital...

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