CIOs fear for their jobs

UK chief information officers have fading confidence in the ability of IT investments to be worthwhile for their businesses, and many are worried about their jobs.

UK chief information officers have fading confidence in the ability of IT investments to be worthwhile for their businesses, and many are worried about their jobs. 

In a snapshot survey of almost 100 senior IT professionals by technology optimisation specialist  Mercury UK, 7% said IT projects always delivered business vale, with 87% saying they "sometimes" delivered value

In addition, 33% felt their job was less secure than it was three years ago, and 44% said their employers planned to outsource more IT to India.

And 39% said that if IT failed to convince the business of its value they would change careers altogether.

The results came from delegates at a Mercury customer event to discuss the growing importance of IT governance in the face of shrinking budgets, growing software complexities and overblown board expectations.

Two of the top priorities facing CIOs were gaining credibility for themselves and control of IT assets (30%), and aligning spending with real business needs (32%).

Despite this, most CIOs (65%) thought that IT leaders were “no different from business leaders”, and many thought that IT would be better viewed by the management board in the future. Of those questioned, 35% currently reported directly to the board.

“IT is more in the firing line than ever and management wants straight answers about how value can be delivered,” said Roger Gilheany, Mercury UK IT governance director. 

“CIOs need visibility over their IT assets and the ability to control IT better, otherwise the future of top IT jobs is bleak. Outsourcing has already taken its toll on IT workers and board confidence must be gained,” said Gilheany.

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