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Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2017

Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2017

CIOs and technology leaders are navigating unpredictable change to help their organisations thrive.


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Navigating uncertainty

In its 19th year, the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2017 is the largest global survey of IT leadership, with 4,500 responses from CIOs and technology executives across 86 countries.

In this year’s survey, technology leaders tell us that the level of change they are experiencing has reached unprecedented levels and increasingly it is coming from unexpected corners. Many technology executives are turning this uncertainty into opportunity. They are helping their organisations become more nimble and digital, to navigate through unpredictable change and thrive in an uncertain world.

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Some of the key findings include:

- Two-thirds of organisations are adapting their technology strategy because of unprecedented global political and economic uncertainty

- However, 89 percent are maintaining or ramping up investment in innovation, including in digital labor

- Digital strategies have been embraced by businesses at an entirely new level

- Cyber security vulnerability is at an all-time high

- Female CIOs are far more likely to have received a salary increase than male CIOs in the past year, but still the number of women in IT leadership remains extraordinarily low at 9 percent

- Enterprise architecture is the fastest growing tech skill in demand

- The main reasons IT projects fail include: their increasing complexity; weak ownership; an overly optimistic approach; and unclear objectives.

Further analysis of the data also found a clear divergence between organisations that are effective at digital transformation and those that are not. CIOs at these ‘digital leader’ organisations are almost twice as likely to be leading innovation across the business and their organisations are investing in cognitive automation at four times the rate of others.


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For additional information, please view the following links below:

Executive Summary (PDF 206 KB)

CIO Survey Infographic (PDF 465 KB)

KPMG Special Report on ‘digital leaders’ (PDF 280 KB)

MIT CISR Special Report (PDF 378 KB)

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