In a recent CIODive article, Roberto Torres summarizes some of the key takeaways from the 2022 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. There was a central theme underpinning  the discussions—namely, technology’s potential to transform operations and deliver new business benefits. But, according to Torres, many CIOs are struggling to achieve this promise due to underlying internal factors. 

Cultural Issues 

Culture is one of the chief roadblocks stymying progress. One survey found that over 92 percent of organizations believe cultural issues are the main obstacle preventing them from becoming more data-driven. Culture influences not only how companies can adapt to new technology but also the extent to which they can be transformed by these innovations. As such, it’s critical that organizations continually work to build and maintain the right environment. There is no easy fix but there are a few important considerations for getting started—check out this previous APEX of Innovation post for more. 

Resistance to Change 

This is a subset of culture but it warrants discussion on its own, particularly if this resistance is from members of the C-Suite. Executive buy-in is critical, and CIOs will be unsuccessful in their innovation efforts if they are constantly met with resistance when introducing their technology goals. To help overcome any resistance, CIOs should assume an educator role and explain new technology and its related benefits in accessible business terms. Click here for more on successfully introducing change, including strategies for rolling new technology out to the broader business. 

Skills Gap 

The skills gap has been a perennial IT headache and shows no sign of lessening. Tapping into the citizen data scientist movement is one way in which CIOs can alleviate their talent struggles. This also has the ancillary benefit of getting more employees involved in technology and, as such, overcoming some cultural hurdles. The importance of data democratization and citizen data scientists is something we’ve covered extensively, so click here if you’re interested in exploring these topics further.

And for more on the above challenges and real-world examples of how CIOs have overcome them, head over to CIODive.