28 Januari 2016 blogs Matthew Carr 5 min read
Even though today’s business world seems to be a bit more relaxed when it comes to investments, it doesn’t mean that CIOs will have it easy in 2016 or that they will have infinite budgets to acquire whatever they deem necessary. On the contrary, with every market becoming more and more competitive and able to leverage IT resources to increase their profits, CIOs are feeling a lot more pressure from their CEOs to find ways to support and improve all business processes as effective as possible and with as little investment as possible.
At Savision, we have compiled a list of the top 10 concerns that will be keeping CIOs awake at night, and which they will have to focus on to make it successfully through 2016. So, what should IT leaders concern themselves with this year?
1. IT alignment with business
Some may argue that there is nothing new here and CIOs were asked to do that ever since a name for their job was first coined. While that may be true, it is also worth to remember that the stakes of this alignment are getting higher by the minute.
IT leaders don’t just need to have a vague idea of what the business is doing and provide the necessary infrastructure for it anymore. They need to go deeper and understand what each department of the company is doing and how departments are using IT resources in order to increase profits. But, most importantly, they need to have a thorough understanding of how the company makes its money so that they can support it.
2. Digital transformation
According to a recent Gartner report, CIOs expect digital revenues to rise from 16% to 37% over the next five years. A 21% increase of a source of revenue is quite significant and, even if this will happen over the course of five years, it is obvious that everyone needs to embark on the digitalization train from year one.
Even more, with the constant demand for change, we cannot expect that this transformation will stop anytime soon. In this context, IT leaders need to be able to incorporate a new platform or a new app at a moment’s notice. In order to achieve this, scalability needs to be their primary focus.
3. No more avoiding the cloud
Business executives love the agility that the cloud offers. The ease of access to anything, anywhere, as well as the possibility to share any type of file with colleagues, clients and stakeholders around the world are just two of the things that get them raving about the cloud.
On the other hand, some CIOs still have concerns about cloud security, so they are reluctant to implement it throughout the organization. A recent survey shows that more than 55% of CIOs are already leaning on a cloud-first type of strategy or plan to implement one in 2016. While this number may sound encouraging, it is worth to note that roughly 45% of CIOs are still not (yet) willing to fully embrace the cloud. The right solution, the one that helps mitigate the risks, while also moving the company forward is a gradual adoption of the cloud. If CIOs deem security risks as being too high, they can implement cloud-based solutions for a few non-critical areas and test them out for a couple of months to a year.
4. Finding the right talent for the right job
According to Dave Aron, vice president and Gartner Fellow, two thirds of CIOs think that there is a shortage of IT talent. While it may be hard to find the right person for the right job, this doesn’t mean that the talent isn’t out there; it is – you only need to find the right way to catch and maintain IT specialists’ interest.
Thus, CIOs will need to strive to get the talents to work for their company, but also to keep them happily employed lest they should leave. If the department is understaffed or minimally staffed, IT leaders need to put recruitment and compensation management high on their list of priorities for 2016. For restrictive budgets, working closely with universities and recruiting young interns is the right way to go with the added bonus that such employees can be trained internally quite rapidly.
5. Internet of Things
IoT was considered nothing more than a buzzword for a long time, much like M2M (machine to machine). However, connectivity between different types of devices that speak the same “language” is now more than just a nice dream waiting to happen. Device interoperability is bound to affect a company’s clients, as well as the company’s staff and stakeholders, thus leaving CIOs with no other choice than to incorporate it in their strategy. The best way to do that and minimize costs in the long-run is to go for well-established communication protocols. Indeed, IoT is not subject to any regulations, so there are no “preferred” protocols to choose them, so this might prove tricky. But thorough research into the market of various protocols should help you make the right call.
What do you think about Part 1 of our list? If you liked what you read and would like to know more, don’t miss next week’s blogpost in which we will show you the second half of our list of the top 10 Priorities for CIOs in 2016. In the meantime, take a look at our past blogposts, related to CIOs:
That may be because the Service tile has always been a bit larger than any of the perspective views. Or, it could be that the supervisor always thinks things are far worse than they actually are. What the customer wanted in his support request, was something more along the lines of this:
As you can see, it gives a different way to easily recognize if the End-Users are impacted, versus our normal health roll-up monitors. It also can draw your attention to those that have an End-User impacted by an outage.
Savision’s Live Maps uses several dependency monitors to create the status of the Services and different Live Maps views. With some simple editing, anyone can change the behavior of a Live Maps view. We have blogged about this previously:
This is the first time someone wanted to change the status behavior of a service.
I first started by disabling some of the basic monitors for a single service. This worked for a single service. However, if you have several services, this would take some time to do. I began looking deeper into how to change this globally for all services. If you are interested in making this kind of change on all of your services, the step-by-step instructions can be found in the following Knowledge Base (KB) article.
I have attached the Management Pack I created during the writing of the KB article to make it easy on everyone that wishes to have the Service status display only the End-User status. You can find that MP attached to the bottom of the KB article.
About: Matthew Carr
Matthew is Business Development Manager at Savision. After having spent over 6 years at Cisco as an accountant & revenue specialist, and 3 years at Clever communications & Belkin as finance manager. Matthew entered the software community in January 2011 when he joined Savision where he is responsible for growing the Savision reach through tech and commercial partnerships. Matthew is a graduate from the University of Manchester and is also a chartered accountant.