Taking the pulse of the CIO community
CA Technologies sponsors national survey

Ron Babin
Ryerson University

A CIO’s leadership skills are becoming just as important as their technological savvy.

That’s one of the trends uncovered in CIO as Innovation and Transformation Leader, the report from the CanadianCIO Census 2017. 

As more business undergo digital transformation, CIOs are increasingly being tapped to help lead the initiatives, not simply to support them,” says Jim Love, ITWC’s CIO and the lead author of the CanadianCIO Census report for the past four years. “They are involved in more C-suite discussions, they expect to have bigger budgets, and they plan to spend more of that budget on innovation than in previous years.”

For the first time, business innovation is one of the CIO’s top three day-to-day priorities. The report also found that customer expectations and the need to demonstrate innovation capabilities to both customers and employees were the main drivers of digital transformation efforts. 

“It’s a good year to be a CIO in Canada,” adds Ron Babin, a Ryerson University business professor who helped draft the report. “Hiring expectations are strong, the cloud appears to have delivered on its initial promise and CIOs are gaining seniority as they stay in the position longer.”

The research was sponsored by CA Technologies

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CanadianCIO Census 2016 Mapping Out the Innovation Agenda

The CanadianCIO Census 2016

Mapping Out the Innovation Agenda

The role of the CIO is evolving. They are top-level executives that are being asked to weigh-in at senior meetings about non-IT issues. At the same time, however, the business side of operations is gaining sway over the IT budget and successfully dictating IT purchase priorities. Day to day priorities include operational concerns like security, privacy, reliability and managing budgets, but a new priority is emerging; business innovation.

The CanadianCIO 2016 census is based on detailed survey results from more than 100 senior technology leaders. The 2016 report offers insights on issues ranging from stature and spend to challenges and the opportunities ahead.

Download the 2016 report