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CIO budgets up as CEO focus shifts from cost saving

Edward Qualtrough | May 21, 2014
Harvey Nash CIO survey reports increased IT budgets, emergence of the CDO role and backwards steps in diversity

"I'd like to think the increasing number of CIOs who are on the board and the rise of the CDO reflect an acceptance that the CIO is competent to add value - not just run a peripheral service," she said.

"The up-to-date CIO who grasps what collaboration means is in a unique position to understand how behavioural shifts drive new services, new markets and a new agility in exploiting them."

Diversity and the CIO career
When it came to diversity, Harvey Nash reported a decrease in the number of CIOs that are women from already low figures. The figure this year of 7% - the same as the CIO 100 - was down from a global figure of 8% last year. In their 2013 edition of the survey they reported the UK figure as 9%.

Furthermore, some 71% felt that women were under-represented in IT.

While much has been made about CIO career progression, the survey revealed that getting a CEO job was not an aspiration for more than two-thirds of those in a CIO role.

While 32% wanted a post in senior management as the top dog, 45% would prefer another IT role and 6% were looking at becoming an entrepreneur or setting up their own business.

 

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