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May 13, 2015

As cloud settles CIOs must run for cover

Cloud services will impact the CIO role and change it in the coming years.

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The role of CIO is set to change significantly in the future, as the rise of new technologies will transform IT departments, mainly with cloud services.

A Brocade Global CIO Survey found that in the UK, 96% of CIOs know that business units have bought cloud services without the IT department’s involvement.

Despite only 20% of organisations saying that this is permitted, 92% of those surveyed expect the trend to keep rising until 2020.

Nearly 90% (87%) of CIOs said to be concerned about their own job security, as 48% admitted that the lack of control over cloud services makes it difficult to predict bandwidth requirements and manage their organisation’s network effectively.

Over three quarters (76%) of CIOs are concerned that their network will prevent them meeting business objectives.

Relationships between UK CIOs and other members of the board have also found to be wicker than the international average.

28% of CIOs said they have a poor relationship with other business leaders, while 32% added they have a poor relationship with their organisation’s CEO, compared to 15% and 14% globally respectively.

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Joy Gardham, Regional Director, EMEA West at Brocade said: "This research highlights some significant changes to the CIO’s role. As cloud increasingly becomes the default model for purchasing and consuming IT services, the IT department will inevitable lose some control over the tools that specific business units use to do their jobs.

The director carried on explaining that IT teams need to move away from the traditional ‘command and control’ approach of the past and focus more on enabling and supporting the rest of the business.

Ms Gardham added: "It is clear that this shift is causing some pain for CIOs, particularly when it comes to anticipating the impact on their organisations’ networks.

"Looking ahead, it will be important for CIOs to work collaboratively with other business leaders in order to address these concerns and ensure that the organisation has an infrastructure with the agility, flexibility and resilience needed to succeed."

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