Survey: CIOs Feel Unprepared for Coming Challenges

CIOs across industries feel unprepared to meet the demands of digitalization, and feel overwhelmed by the prospect of developing digital leadership while preparing their organization's IT infrastructure in preparation for an increasingly digital future, according to a survey from Gartner.

Based on responses from 2,339 CIOs in the fourth quarter of 2013, the survey found 51 percent felt new IT demands were coming more quickly than they could respond to them, and 42 percent felt they don't have the talent or skills needed to address these new challenges.

"CIOs are facing all the challenges they have for many years, plus a flood of digital opportunities and threats. Digitalization raises questions about strategy, leadership, structure, talent, financing and almost everything else," said Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow, in the news release. "All industries in all geographies are undergoing digital disruption. This is both a CIO's dream come true and a career-changing leadership challenge." 

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