88 Percent IT Managers Believe CIOs To Influence HR activities

About 15 percent of surveyed professionals said that developing software to attract diverse cultures will be among the core duties of CIOs


A majority (88 percent) of Indian IT managers say that the new-age CIOs will be the cultural leaders in the digital age. With rapid digitalisation and transformations taking place, there is an unprecedented collaboration between technology and businesses, thereby changing the role and responsibilities of the modern-day CIOs, according to a TimesJobs survey of 987 IT managers. 

Around 91 percent of surveyed IT managers said that CIO roles have undergone a sea change, and 28 percent believe CIOs will aid organisational culture by using Artificial Intelligence to reduce unconscious bias at the workplace.

About 15 percent of surveyed professionals said that developing software to attract diverse cultures will be among the core duties of CIOs. 

CIOs leading talent market by attracting and retaining top talent 

The majority (34%) of surveyors said that CIOs are playing a pivotal role in the training and upskilling of employees. While 20 percent of respondents said that CIOs are helping organisations in enhancing company culture to attract top talent. Around, 19 percent of individuals said that aligning technology to improve the hiring process is another integral part of their responsibilities. 

Aligning technology with business goals: Core responsibility of CIOs today

As per 46 percent of respondents, the core function of a CIO is to align technology with business goals. Whereas, 14 percent of respondents said the core function of CIOs include building business agility and strategies for the organisation.

Further, 41 percent of professionals asserted that contributing to strategic roles has now become a top expectation from their role. Whereas, facilitating executive alignment on digital strategy, innovating with emerging technology, and modernising the platform to drive agility are some of the transformational tasks of CIOs as per 32 percent of respondents.

CIOs to be appointed as business leaders

Around 54 percent of professionals said that in the future, organisations will hire CIOs as business leaders. While 31 percent of surveyors think that companies will hire CIOs as functional leaders. 

The survey also asked about the skills that will be critical to become ‘CIO’ in the coming times. Nearly, 44 percent surveyed managers said ‘leadership’ and ‘management skills’ will be core skills for CIO roles. Another 24 percent of respondents said that ‘creativity’ will be an imperative skill for future CIOs. The remaining 16 percent of respondents said that ‘critical thinking’ followed by ‘emotional intelligence’ will be required by next-gen CIOs. 

Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig said, “The CIOs of tomorrow are expected to lead the ongoing innovations and partner with co-leaders to drive growth, prioritise agility, and scale innovation. The CIOs will have to be the harbinger of change enabling companies to leverage technology to create value for its people and businesses.”

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