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Exec involvement in IT lacking – report

More than a third of local CEOs are not involved in key IT projects and many CIOs are being denied strategic involvement, an IDC study has found.

More than a third of local CEOs are not involved in key IT projects and many CIOs are being denied strategic involvement, an IDC study has found.

 While the majority of New Zealand businesses surveyed were evaluating or currently undertaking IT transformation projects, the overall perception is that the level of CEO participation is surprisingly low.

"Despite the strategic nature of IT transformational projects, there is still a disconnect between IT and business, particularly the role of the CIO within the executive suite. Based on the research findings a perception remains that a significant proportion of CEOs lack any involvement in these strategic projects and in cases where CEOs do get involved it is often limited to a funding approval role," said analyst Rasika Versleijen-Pradhan.

"There is a real drive from CIOs to change the stereotypical view of IT's role within the organisation, to one that is visionary, innovative and business driven. But many organisations are yet to see the CIO become an integral part of the executive management team and business strategy."

There were 250 New Zealand organisations interviewed for the annual New Zealand IT services ecosystem report.