2018 Survey Roundup: Mostly Good News

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

It’s time to check out what the latest IT and project management-related surveys are indicating. But wait, no need to spend your time googling your day away searching for survey results! I have done that for you and summarized the highlights here.

As usual, this year’s highlights center around:

  • CIOs
  • IT salaries
  • IT spending
  • IT security
  • IoT
  • Cloud computing
  • Project management

So, without further ado, here we go…

Based on the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2018, the world’s largest survey of CIOs with 4,000 CIOs taking part, CIOs seem to be having some challenges when it comes to creating and deploying an effective digital strategy.

According to the survey, 78% of CIOs gave themselves low marks in the digital computing space. However, those organizations with chief digital officers (CDOs) indicated over twice the success rate when it comes to digital strategy deployment. Clearly, when it comes to digital computing, CIOs have much to improve on.

Another area giving CIOs heartburn is finding people with big data and data analytic skills. 2018 marked the fourth straight year where this shortage has plagued CIOs. They are also finding a trend taking hold when it comes to IT investments: In 2018, 10% of IT investments are being made outside of the CIO’s control. While it is not clear why this shift is happening, one …

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