This IDC Perspective helps CIOs frame their thinking about the future of their organizations, roles, and businesses. A complement to IDC MaturityScape: Future IT 1.0 (IDC #US47174621, March 2021), it explains what forces are driving and shaping the future of IT, why the future of IT and the enterprise are inextricably intertwined, and the key roles and imperatives that CIOs must address. Future IT is not a linear extrapolation of the past dressed up with some new technologies. For the future enterprise, IT is the business, and the future of IT is the future of the enterprise. IT is no longer just an organization — it's the organizational backbone and operating system of the enterprise and its ecosystems that have profound implications for CIOs and their roles.
"The question many CIOs are asking is "what happens after the pandemic is under control?" says Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executives Programs (IEP). "The question they must ask is how do I sustain and increase momentum of digitally driven change while operating under great uncertainty about future disruptions and events?"
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