This IDC study examines the formidable challenge that the 3rd Platform presents to every corporation, and the ways that CIOs need to adjust their role and the role of the IT organization in response to this new era. Today's CIOs are in a unique position to play a critical part in the transition: They have a distinctive opportunity to change the perception of their role by sharing the strategic value of IT to the enterprise. Their challenge is to expand the CIO's role in three areas — technical, business, and leadership — to six dimensions incorporating the "six I's" of the new CIO: chief of infrastructure, chief of integration, chief of innovation, chief of intelligence, chief of influence, and chief of inspiration.
This study provides CIOs, CEOs, LOB leaders, function leaders, and IT and business senior leadership teams with facts and insight that shed light on this transformational journey. It explores questions such as the following:
- Will history repeat itself, and will CIOs reinvent themselves as senior business executives?
- How should each CIO assess his/her role and clarify CEO, LOB, and functional executive expectations?
- What aspects should the CIO focus on first, and in the longer term?
"The 3rd Platform brings a formidable challenge and a unique opportunity for the CIO to change the organizational perception and fill the requirements of the 'six I's': chief of infrastructure, chief of integration, chief of innovation, chief of intelligence, chief of influence, and chief of inspiration," says Serge Findling, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network.