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Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2016

Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2016

Largest global IT leadership survey reveals a more creative, influential CIO.


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The creative CIO

Now in its 18th year, the Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey is the largest global IT leadership survey in the world, with almost 3,400 responses from CIOs and technology leaders across 82 countries. This year’s findings reveal an undeniable increase in influence and opportunity for the CIO. On the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, we are seeing the emergence of the ‘Creative CIO’ – a transformational business leader, technology strategist and business model innovator.

The focus has moved from ‘keeping the lights on’ to creating business value, harnessing the social and technical disruption all around. The Creative CIO is at the forefront of digital change, both driving it and responding to it with new technologies, delivery models and governance approaches.

Read the executive summary report: Harvey Nash KPMG CIO Survey Results.

Key highlights

  • Digital has firmly found a place on the board and c-suite agendas
    58 percent of respondents reported that their organisation has a clear digital vision and strategy, with board or c-suite executives owning 36 percent of these strategies. Increasingly organisations are expecting their CIO to lead the delivery of the digital strategy.
  • CIOs are struggling to free up funding to drive innovation
    IT is not the sole purchaser of cloud solutions and 59 percent* of large organisations plan to make a ‘significant’ investment across infrastructure, platform and software as a service in the next 1–3 years.
  • Less than a quarter of CIOs feel ‘very well positioned’ to deal with IT security/cyber attacks
    In addition, only 40 percent of respondents cited ‘insiders’ as a significant concern, however an increasingly higher proportions of cyber incidents are originating from within the organisation.
  • CIOs must look to increase the depth of their relationships outside of their traditional ‘comfort zones’ of finance and operations 
    Only one third of CIOs reported having ‘very strong’ relationships with HR, sales and marketing. This can lead to a fragmented approach when implementing a digital strategy.
  • Big Data continues to be a priority 
    But there is a clear skills gap with 39 percent of respondents suffering from a lack of skills in this area.


*Indicates that statistic refers to large organisations (those whose IT spend is equal or greater than US$250 million p.a.).

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