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Digital Ambition                     Secure                              Two years later the same barriers
                                                                                 to delivering those benefits remain
        vs Digital Reality                   It’s no great surprise to see security   complex systems and siloed data, but
                                             high on the CIO agenda given the    so is business engagement - the lack
                                             nature of the cyber threat landscape   of a clear brief from the business as to
        That headline finding stems from CIOs’
                                             - and no great surprise either to see   what is required from analytics is still
        assessment of their organisation’s
                                             ransomware top of the threat list for   an issue for 41% of CIOs.
        digital footing.
                                             CIOs. Ransomware  is the biggest    Crucially though, they are responding:
        The survey tells a story of real digital   threat according to 71% of CIOs   54% of CIOs are working with LOB
                                             surveyed.
        ambition amongst CIOs, but of                                            colleagues to bottom out requirements
        limited progress in delivering digital   More surprising though, is the fact   and 38% are setting up working
        transformation.  To use tech adoption   that one in three CIOs admit security   groups to unravel complexity.
        bell curve terminology, only 5% of   concerns have led to the curtailment   Those plans to tackle analytics
        respondents call their organisations   or cancellation of IT projects - a fact   suggest that CIOs are successfully
        digital innovators right now, while 49%   that must surely amplify the impact of        adapting to
        characterise their organisations as part   security issues                              a changing
                                             on digital
        of an early majority.                                                                   environment for
                                             transformation.                                    business IT, an
        That’s not a significant change on last   With that in    Only 25% outsource 50%        issue we first
        year’s figures - and the reality is that   mind, it is   or more of their IT - a situation   highlighted in the
        most CIOs see their organisations as   small wonder                                     Logicalis Gobal CIO
        partly digitally enabled at best.    that so many    that must surely change quickly    Survey 2015.
                                             CIOs (31%)
        Crucially, however, they contextualise   see increased   if CIOs are to free themselves   The big question
        those rather cautious views with a   security                                           is whether they
        realistic and pragmatic assessment of   investment   from the everyday and be digital   will be successful
        the barriers to digital transformation,   as crucial   change makers, not change        in replicating the
                                                                                                approach as they
        and it is their ambitious plans to   to digital
                                                                                                seek to unlock
        overcome those barriers that give rise   transformation   managers                      the benefits of
        to the ‘simplify, secure, and engage’   - and not just                                  wider digital
        triptych:                            to weathering                                      transformation.
                                             the next cyber
                                                                                                In my view, the
        Simplify                             threat storm.                       CIOs that are successful in tackling
                                             I’m in little doubt that CIOs’ security
                                             focus will drive an increased demand   these three big issues will be those
        For almost half (44%) of respondents to                                  looking outside for help.  The majority
                                             for services like Cisco Umbrella, as
        this year’s CIO survey, complex legacy                                   still spend between 60% and
                                             organisations adopt multi-layered
        technology is the chief barrier to digital                               80% of their time on day to day IT
                                             security solutions, capable of
        transformation.                      defending against an ever-evolving   management - an issue that, in itself, is
                                             array of cyber threats.             a barrier to change.
        In simple terms, the job of maintaining
                                                                                 That’s partly because so much
        and managing those complex                                               IT remains in-house. Only 25% of
        environments - in the face of ever   Engage                              respondents outsource 50% or more
        more draconian security threats, and                                     of their IT - a situation that must surely
                                             Perhaps most interestingly, CIOs
        business demand for ever more open                                       change quickly if CIOs are to free
                                             see organisational culture as a key
        architecture - is huge.  So, legacy                                      themselves from the everyday and be
                                             barrier to digital transformation.  That
        complexity doesn’t just slow down or                                     digital change makers, not change
                                             is, legacy technology brings with it a
        prevent digital projects, it also prevents                               managers.
                                             legacy relationship between business
        a refocus on higher level, strategy
                                             and technology, a ‘separateness’ that
        activity, like digital transformation.
                                             is incompatible with a digital model
                                             that puts technology at the heart of
        This is clearly not lost on CIOs, who
                                             every aspect of the business.
        understand very well the urgent need
        to simplify existing systems - indeed,   In response, CIOs want to engage
        51% said they planned to adapt       with line of business (LOB) to drive
        or replace existing infrastructure   culture change.  They want to be the
                                             digital ambassadors who create a
        as a means of accelerating digital
                                             new relationship between business
        transformation.
                                             and technology, and who foster
        It’s not hard to envisage CIOs making   an environment in which digital
        greater use of cloud services and    transformation can thrive.
        third party support as a means of both   Analytics offers a case in point.  Back
        simplifying those systems and handing   in 2015, 63% of CIOs ranked analytics
        off some of the management burden    as ‘very important’ or ‘critical’ to driving
        associated with them.                business innovation.


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