Life is tough if you are a CIO. IT decision makers sit at the top of the organization providing support and strategic direction to the company while managing business functions, a job which forces them to juggle different priorities and while resisting forces that pull them in multiple directions.

With ongoing shifts in the balance of economic power, technological advancements, and evolving business models, CIOs are hard-pressed to gain an edge in a competitive market. The rapid digitization of IT, has put immense pressure on CIOs to rearrange their business priorities to align with current and upcoming trends in 2017.

Here are some of the challenges and opportunities that will influence strategic priorities for CIOs in 2017.

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Strategy

It’s time for CIOs to realize that to thrive (and survive), they must prioritize data as a strategic business asset and reinvent their IT to support the ongoing digitization.  Plug into the business priorities of your organization and walk the path of digital transformation to deliver greater business value to your clients.

Marketing

Make customers a top business priority by incorporating a customer centric approach in all your business dealings. Make time to meet with your customers, conduct regular satisfaction surveys to find out preferences and how to improve their experiences with innovative IT offerings and capabilities. A loyal customer base contributes to long-term business growth.

Resources

Hiring, retaining, and motivating talented resources can become your ladder to success, invest in it. A robust workforce development plan should include a vision, an inclusive culture, a health work environment, and rewards. A successful CIO should look to land productive, creative, result-oriented people who are willing to go the extra mile.

Development

It is time to retire your legacy data centres, outdated infrastructure systems, reduce costs and secure sensitive data by shifting it to the cloud. Come 2017, data analytics, enterprise mobility, artificial intelligence, and the “Internet of Things” should be on the top of your priority to-do list. An agile development method with faster rollouts and deliveries will give your IT flexibility and agility.

Financial

It is the age of digital economy where corporate productivity gains, and slow growth can affect the company revenue. As a CIO you need to achieve a greater market share than your competitors; work around the budget, prioritize, free up money for modern digital and technical initiatives and create a long-term plan to upgrade from old systems to new processes that will launch the company into the digital age.

Management

As an IT decision maker, it is the CIOs responsibility to ensure that the company works quickly and steadily towards achieving business goals and the long-term vision. Take the reins in making quick decisions, identify, and explore new markets and give your business the flexibility and agility it needs to thrive. Lead the way with digital innovations and put your company on top.