Gartner Report: 2021 CIO Agenda: Global Perspectives on ‘Seize This Opportunity for Digital Business Acceleration’

“The 2021 Gartner CIO Survey was conducted to inform CIOs on how to prosper in the post-COVID-19 world.

Digital business acceleration may feel like a temporary strategic focus in response to COVID-19, but CIOs and other leaders are making a mistake that could cost the enterprise if they treat acceleration like this. The accelerated pace of digital business will likely prove to be permanent in markets and industries. Letting up on digitalization opens the way for competitors.

The survey showed a strong trend toward digital business acceleration, a higher profile for the CIO and increased innovation funding, but the reality varies widely by geography. CIOs must understand the situation of each geography they operate in.”

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According to Gartner, CIOs must understand these differences in all the geographies they operate to develop an effective IT strategy for the postpandemic recovery.

In particular, CIOs should consider four areas:

  1. Digital business acceleration
  2. Opportunities for the CIO and IT organization
  3. Innovation funding
  4. Technology investments.

¹ Source: 2021 CIO Agenda: Global Perspectives on ‘Seize This
Opportunity for Digital Business Acceleration’, Andy Rowsell-Jones, Tomas Nielsen, Jan-Martin Lowendahl, Chris Howard, Monika Sinha, 5 March 2021

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