Center for CIO Leadership Unveils 2008 Survey Results

CIOs Are Driving Innovation and Leading Change; More to Be Done

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PHILADELPHIA, PA and MOSCOW - 18 Nov 2008: Today, in keynote addresses at conferences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Moscow, Russia, the Center for CIO Leadership announced the results of its 2008 CIO Leadership Survey.

The survey represents the insights and aspirations of almost 300 CIOs from 45 countries and 32 industries across the globe, and reinforces the increasingly strategic role that CIOs are playing as leaders in their companies and as drivers of innovation.

The findings of the survey focused on four key areas that are crucial to the success of the CIO: Leadership, Business Strategy and Process, Innovation and Growth, and Organization and Talent Management.

The results indicate that CIOs are aligning themselves and their teams more closely than ever before to the key business objectives of their CEO and C-suite business colleagues, and have never been in a better position to help drive growth and change in their enterprise. But the study also notes that CIOs have a ways to go to become full and active participants in creating the strategy of the business versus implementing the technology solutions that drive the business.

"The 2008 CIO Leadership survey results confirm that the role of the CIO today is strong, but work still needs to be done. The CIO is the only executive that has an end-to end view of global business processes, and thus is uniquely positioned to move from technology implementer to strategic business advisor," said Harvey Koeppel, executive director of the Center for CIO Leadership. "Now, more than any other time in recent memory, CIOs are better positioned to lead, and businesses have never been more open to the type of transformational improvements the CIO function can deliver."

"The results of the Center's research are a realistic look at the life of today's CIO and the struggles all of us go through as we move to transform the CIO's role," said Ed Toben, senior vice president of Global Information Technology and Business Services at Colgate-Palmolive. "The key areas for future success -- leadership, strategy, growth and talent development -- are exactly where we as CIOs must lead in order to truly be the drivers of innovation and leaders of change that we all want and need to be for our organizations."

2008 Survey Results
From the 2008 CIO Leadership survey, four strong themes emerged about the global CIO profession:

1. CIOs are leaders in their organizations and are playing an increasingly important role in leading change. 91 percent of CIOs responded that they have a clear vision of how IT will drive business forward, and 90 percent said that they lead and influence others, even without formal authority. 85 percent lead initiatives to ensure their organization is flexible for change.

2. CIOs have a seat at the executive table, with 87 percent of those surveyed having strong executive relationships. However, CIOs have not yet fully seized the opportunity: only 67 percent are active participants in developing business strategy.

3. CIOs are emerging as leaders of innovation and bringing those ideas to the table, but there is a real opportunity remaining to fill the innovation execution gap. Less than two-thirds (63 percent) of CIOs have successfully secured resources for innovation by identifying technology-enabled business opportunities.

4. CIOs know where they need to lead their IT organizations, but continue to struggle with delegation and building the next generation team. While 93 percent of respondents know the critical competencies their team requires, only 64 percent have a plan to grow and acquire talent, and only 69 percent have developed a process to delegate authority to enable time for strategy.

The survey also highlights opportunities for CIOs to improve their skills in business strategy and other key areas to increase their impact on their enterprise. With the help of the member CIO community and academic partners, the Center has created a valuable education path to help fill these gaps.

The Center for CIO Leadership, of which IBM (NYSE: IBM) is the founding partner, was launched in October 2007 as an open, independent industry organization. Its mission is to become a highly respected focal point for global thought leadership, research, education and outreach designed to advance the CIO profession.

More information about the Center for CIO Leadership and an excerpt of the 2008 CIO Leadership Survey is available at

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