Kris van Riper and Lon Zanetta, respectively managing director and leadership transition mentor at CEB, believe budget pressures and expanding demands for information technology could provide opportunities for chief information officers in the next three years.
Riper and Zanetta wrote in an op-ed for FCW IT leaders need to establish IT as an integrator of external services during that period.
“The IT team can serve as a ‘vendor risk adviser’ by evaluating trade-offs and providing information on companies’ financial solvency and performance,” they wrote.
According to Riper and Zanetta, those factors also present opportunities for CIOs to further enterprise-level portfolio management and for security teams to devote more effort to mitigating both internal and external risks.
CEB research also indicates nearly “two-thirds of employees give failing grades to the productivity tools offered at their organizations,” they wrote.
“Given the critical nature of IT in enabling telework and effective virtual collaboration for team members in disparate locations, IT leaders should partner with the human resources department to identify and share the best solutions employees are using,” Riper and Zanetta wrote.