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BT initiative will help CIOs to innovate

27 April 2016

The Digital Possible

BT has launched a new global campaign designed to support the digital transformation agendas of large organisations.

The initiative, called The Digital Possible, will bring new and innovative digital services to the market, building on insight from recently published research - The BT CIO report 2016 - the digital CIO.

Findings reveal that CIOs around the world are embracing digital transformation to reinvent their organisations’ processes and systems. The impact of digital is such that the importance of the CIO at boardroom level continues to rise.

Boardroom role

Seventy-two per cent of senior IT decision makers say that the CIO has become more central in the boardroom over the last two years and 43 per cent of CIOs say that they now spend more time dealing with corporate issues.

The flip side of this trend is that CIOs find themselves increasingly challenged to find the time to develop creative solutions for the business. Close to two-thirds (61 per cent) of senior IT decision makers feel that the CIO is spending more time maintaining current IT systems than searching for new solutions.

That represents a drop from 2014, when the figure was 74 per cent, but shows that despite ambitions for digital transformation, the CIO still has to deal with legacy systems.

Disruptive technologies

The BT CIO report 2016 also indicates that CIOs are clear on the most disruptive technology trends - cloud, mobility and collaboration, and data. According to the report, a fifth of global organisations are already completely cloud-centric, and a further 46 per cent have more than half their applications and infrastructure in the cloud.

With the CIO acting as a catalyst, 76 per cent of large organisations across the world have, or plan to adopt, a ‘multi-speed’ approach to technology-led initiatives.

This involves more creativity, more flexibility and a more dynamic operating model. According to the research, 65 per cent of CIOs are also noting rapid changes in the KPIs measuring their own performance, with digital transformation placed firmly at the centre of all their activities.

Demanding role

“The pace of digital change is creating new opportunities for our customers and those opportunities require quick responses. The role of the digital CIO is one of the most demanding in business. They need to be strategic, creative, growth-minded and cost conscious,” said Luis Alvarez, CEO of BT Global Services.

He added: “They have to understand technology and people, and balance control and safety with enablement and speed. They are becoming the pioneers of change. To be successful, they now require strategic partnerships within and beyond their organisation. We are well placed to be their digital enabler. Today, we are committing to accelerate investments in our Cloud of Clouds portfolio to help them fully uncover and realise their own ‘Digital Possible’.”

New wave of innovation

Responding to digital transformation’s remarkable acceleration, BT will announce in the coming weeks and months a new wave of innovative services and enhancements to its cloud of clouds portfolio.

They will cover the technologies identified by the BT CIO report 2016 as being the most disruptive: cloud, mobility and collaboration, and data.

About the BT CIO report 2016 – ‘The digital CIO’

The research from the BT CIO report 2016, ‘The digital CIO’ was undertaken in March 2016 by Vanson Bourne, an independent market research firm. It builds on the insights contained in the 2014 report ‘Creativity and the modern CIO.’

The research was conducted with 1030 senior IT decision makers working for multinational corporations across eleven countries, and additional insight from BT’s technology and advisory experts.

The countries covered by the 2016 research are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the UK and Ireland and the USA.