target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Mar 2022 - Document type: IDC Perspective - Doc  Document number: # US48959922

Russia-Ukraine War: Risk Assessment and Guidance for CIOs and Technology Leaders


  • Joseph C. Pucciarelli
  • Serge Findling
  • Daniel Saroff Loading
  • Timothy Scannell


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This IDC Perspective provides an initial situation assessment and general guidance for CIOs and senior IT leaders regarding the Russia-Ukraine war. Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and the ensuing escalation of events, including sanctions and other measures levied by the United States and the European Union (EU), further challenge CIOs and their teams to enable new situational technology capabilities as their organizations pivot to cope with the volatile and shifting situation. These events create a challenging set of new issues and consequences that create new technology requirements for their overall organizations as well as a series of direct and indirect consequences on the IT team.

"As we have learned with the COVID-19 pandemic, one crisis always creates collateral disruptions," says Joseph C. Pucciarelli, group vice president, IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "CIOs should aggressively strive to introduce an additional 'slack,' that is a cushion of dynamic IT resources that allows IT/enterprise adaptation to internal and external pressures, within their purview. In other words, they must create options to adapt, seize opportunities, and lower the IT inadequacy risk."


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