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This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 decision imperatives for the 2015 CIO agenda. These decision imperatives provide the strategic context for how CIOs can adopt the four pillars of the 3rd Platform to transform their role and enterprises through the creative and innovative application of technology to business challenges. This document offers IDC analysts' collective understanding of major industry transitions and advice to CIOs to consider in their strategic planning. Based on information and data from IDC customers, surveys, public sources of data, and anecdotal evidence gathered by analyst-client interactions, IDC is confident that these 10 decision imperatives encapsulate the challenges facing the CIO in the next two to four years. As with any challenge, these decision imperatives also represent opportunities for the CIO to step up to the next stage of leadership.
"The transformations brought about by the 3rd Platform are having significant effects on how the business uses IT, how IT is delivered, and how the IT organization is structured. Insightful CIOs will seize the opportunity to be key players in this transformation and elevate their role in the enterprise," says Michael Rosen, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network.
"As we progress in the business transformation, we witness acceleration in every dimension. This is the signal of an inflexion point that calls for senior executives to make critical business and technology decisions," says Serge Findling, vice president of Research.
CIO and Technology Professionals Agenda
Analytic applications, Big Data analytics and discovery, Enterprise IT transformation, Enterprise mobility, IT operations and implementation, IT planning and design, IT strategy and governance, Internet of things, Leadership in 3D, Leadership transformation, Market intelligence, Procurement, Security management, Technology buyer, Value added content, Web security