'Renewed Focus' For CIOs Over Coming Years
The role of the chief information officer (CIO) is likely to evolve over the next three years, as those in IT jobs focus more heavily on business intelligence (BI) and analytics.
This is the prediction from Gartner, which believes the period between now and 2017 will be a defining one for CIOs across the globe.
One of the main factors shaping their role will be the rise in big data - although this has already come to the fore in 2013, it will present yet more challenges and opportunities in years to come.
Just 30 per cent of organisations questioned by Gartner had invested in big data, with 8 per cent of this total making it into production.
As a result, there is plenty of room for future growth, allowing for analytics to really come into its own and offering new opportunities for CIOs and others in IT-based roles.
However, Gartner anticipates some confusion over big data and the terminology surrounding it - until this is resolved, BI and analytics will remain at the forefront for CIOs.
Vice-president and analyst at the group Rou Schulte emphasised how the changing technology landscape is being reflected in the type of roles people are able to pursue.
"As the cost of acquiring, storing and managing data continues to fall, companies are finding it practical to apply BI and analytics in a far wider range of situations," he noted.
The expert stressed the need for leaders in the world of BI to assess the road maps for data discovery and IT-centric vendors. This will help establish their suitability to meet the ever-growing needs of the business user and enterprise.
Data is becoming a valuable asset to those holding senior IT jobs, and its correct management will be even more of an issue over the next few years and beyond.