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Findings from The Deloitte CIO Survey 2013

CIOs recognise that IT has an essential role  to play in driving innovation and that it is one of the key ways business leaders expect them to be  adding value. While IT leaders generally have a view on how they can  support their organisation's innovation strategy and where it can make the biggest difference, they are still not viewed by the business as an obvious source of innovative input. The survey points to a number of areas where IT functions could consider providing additional focus in order to deliver more in innovation terms, such as educating key stakeholders on the business and customer benefits of deploying new and disruptive technologies.

Key findings

  • 75% of CIOs have a clear understanding of how their IT function can support their organisation's innovation strategy
  • 65% of CIOs do not believe their IT function is considered a credible hub for innovation within their organisation
  • Almost half of all respondents claim that IT priorities, resources and budget constraints are the key barriers preventing them from effectively supporting business innovation
  • 40-50% of CIOs have not yet moved beyond researching innovation-driving technologies such as mobile, the cloud and social media

Royston Seaward, Partner for Deloitte Digital, considers some of the innovation challenges and opportunities for the IT function

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Less than 25% of CIOs reporting a budget decrease in 2013.
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  • Deloitte Digital
    Online and mobile strategy, design and development.
  • Tech Trends 2013
    Deloitte’s annual Technology Trends report examines the ever-evolving landscape of technology put to practical business use.

Key contact

  • Royston Seaward
    Partner, Deloitte Digital

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