Some of the main themes being pushed out by Gartner were:
- The Nexus of Forces: Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information – A nexus of converging forces is building upon and transforming user behaviour while creating new business opportunities.
- Master the six essential elements of a digital strategy – 60% of organisations report they have no effective digital strategy. As uncertainty recedes, the digital future emerges.
- The function of IT in business is changing and Gartner believes the best way to cope is to establish two-speed IT, where innovation can be separated from operational IT.
- Gartner describes three types of IT function: systems of record, systems of differentiation and systems of innovations.
- Innovation will require IT to become more agile and work differently, changing your primary suppliers and lots more partnering with smaller, leaner IT companies.
- The Internet of Everything – How the Internet of Things is reinventing industries and driving new usage and business models.
- CIO’s have to master power, manipulation and warfare – they must become comfortable with the idea of power, gathering it, and using it as an essential leadership tool.
- By 2017 smartphones will be smarter than people – not because of intrinsic value but because the cloud and the data stored in the cloud will provide them with the computational ability to make sense of the information they have so they appear smart.
There were a couple of things, which caught my eye that I wanted to lift out:
IT Leadership Roles in 2020
The keynote at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo raised a number of interesting points but something that leapt out at me were the references to what IT leadership roles they see will be in play in 2020. Interestingly and in a different twist to what others are saying, they see the CIO role continuing and the CDO role coming to an end having played its significant part. They see the CDO role as a transformation and change agent who will lead the digital transformation and implementation of a digital leadership culture within the organisation between now and 2020 before bowing out gracefully with a job well done. You can view a more in depth piece about this on my blog here.
Who Will Be Your Primary Suppliers in 2017?
In confirmation of what I have noticed in recent months is a distinctive trend emerging whereby CIO’s are switching from larger, well-known suppliers to smaller vendors who are leaner and more agile. This was backed up by the feedback in the sessions and the CIO’s who I spoke with at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo. This is an interesting and positive trend as it allows the market to thrive with more up and coming vendors allowed to pitch for and win contracts by showing real innovation and enthusiasm to get the job done where they may have previously been frozen out at the RFP stages through staid supply chain processes.
To further highlight this shift, Gartner stated in their keynote session that their recent CIO survey showed that the majority of CIO’s would change their primary suppliers by 2017. You can view a more in depth piece about this on my blog here.
The Gartner Symposium European IT Expo is a very worthwhile event for CIO’s and IT leaders to attend with excellent networking potential.
Couple this with a great location, excellent local restaurants and warm sun in November and you can see why it’s such a popular event.
Christian McMahon is Managing Partner – Board & CIO Advisory at Jamaza bvba. Christian is a commercially astute senior IT Executive and digital leader, with 20+ years of influential leadership experience in building value and revenue generating multinational IT organisations. Christian is a recognised blogger and respected expert in the IT sector with significant reach and engagement across social channels. Christian writes regular thought leadership pieces for a number of major online properties and more information from Christian can be found at his blog.