Breaches, IT skills & innovation keeping CIOs up at night

But IT budget and salary increases, along with excitement of job, making it a great time to be CIO, annual SIM IT Trends Study finds

By Bob Brown
Oct. 18, 2016


For the love of the CIO job

Despite, or perhaps because, of all the challenges facing CIOs, people in these positions are staying in them longer, the survey finds. CIOs surveyed stay in their jobs an average of 5.63 years, marking the third straight year of increased tenure. Not surprisingly, most of the CIOs surveyed are male (87.8%) and their average age is just over 50 (SIM Women is among the organizations looking to address gender inequality in the profession).

Evidence is mounting that CIOs are getting a seat at the top executive table, with 46.3% reporting to the CEO, up from 42.9% in 2015. CIOs are also spending an increasing amount of their time with other C-level execs, according to the study.

The survey data reveals that fewer CIOs are coming from within IT (82.5% in 2016 vs. 91.6% the year before). Such numbers “could indicate an increasing demand for a different kind of CIO, as well as insufficient CIO ‘bench strength’ within in-house IT,” the survey concludes.

With innovation, the cloud and cybersecurity threats all on the rise, it's no wonder a different kind of CIO is in demand.

(I'll be attending SIMposium: Feel free to reach out if you're going and have a blockbuster story to share.)

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