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CIOs need to lead in digital transformation - Ricoh

CIOs need to lead in digital transformation - Ricoh

Mattew McCann

Most business leaders in Ireland and the UK believe the chief information officer (CIO) is well equipped to drive digital transformation, yet only 17pc of businesses are allowing them to actually lead activity in this area.

This is according to a new poll commissioned by Ricoh, which also reveals that 50pc of respondents say they are “far from ready” or have no plans in place for digital transformation.

The task of optimising business critical processes is ranked by business leaders as the number one activity that is having the biggest positive impact on business growth. However, CIOs are currently least able to change it; just 10pc believe they are empowered in this area.  

The survey also highlights that CEOs are most likely to lead digital transformation projects and just over half (52pc) of the businesses polled saying they have a CIO on the board.

Matthew McCann, sales director, Ricoh Ireland, said the research insights showed that half of Irish businesses are still in the digital dark ages and are currently unprepared to drive digital transformation.

“During a time, when much more technology-led change is anticipated, businesses will need to be able to adapt quickly to new client demands, economic conditions and to maintain a competitive advantage.

“To meet the challenges posed by this change, IT management should no longer be sidelined as a supporting role, instead CIOs must be further empowered to influence business models, client interaction and employee productivity.”

 

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