Turbulent times see technology leaders get to grips with digital by focusing on consistency and stability as well as fostering innovation.

Meanwhile, more CEOs and boards are turning to their CIOs for help in navigating the uncertainties, threats and opportunities in todays’ digital world.

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CIOs are used to change. But in this year’s CIO Survey technology leaders are telling us that change has reached unprecedented levels, and it’s increasingly coming from unexpected corners.

Largest-ever IT leadership study shows CIO’s growing strategic influenceDespite two-thirds (64 percent) of organizations adapting their technology strategy because of global political and economic uncertainty, 89 percent are maintaining or ramping up investment in innovation, including in digital labor. More than half (52 percent) are investing in more nimble technology platforms to help their organization innovate and adapt.

The Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey shines light on these important changes. Presenting the views of 4,498 technology executives – it’s the largest IT leadership survey ever undertaken. From board priorities to business relationships to careers, the survey provides critical insights and guidance in five key areas: 1. CIO operational priorities

SwissCognitive LogoTurbulent times call for technology leaders to increase focus on delivering consistency and stability. And their influence grows. Stability is back on the agenda. Digital strategies have been embraced by businesses at an entirely new level. Yet, as far as operational priorities are concerned, consistent and stable IT rocketed to the top of the priority list.

CIO strategic influence continues to grow. In recent years, the CIO has progressively become more influential. This year, more than seven in ten respondents report that CIO influence is increasing. In 2005, barely 38 percent of CIOs sat on their executive committee; today that figure has risen to 62 percent. IT leaders are also increasingly working at board level. More than three-quarters attended a board meeting within the last 12 months.

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