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CIOs hindered by leadership in digital transformation journey

Lack of vision from leadership and internal innovation are among the biggest barriers to digital transformation, according to European CIOs

Research shows misalignment between senior leadership and the IT team when it comes to digital vision and pace of innovation within their organisations. Whilst CIOs across Europe generally agree that the biggest barrier to digital transformation is cultural resistance, CIOs disagree with other executives on the impact of legacy IT as a barrier, citing lack of leadership as a key challenge (29%), followed by lack of internal innovation (28%).

Not blaming their tools, CIOs do not see technology (only 14% of CIOs believe this is an issue versus 19% overall) and legacy systems (16% of CIOs versus 25% overall) as much of a challenge for digital transformation as senior executives.

These findings come from a study by Cornerstone and IDC titled, “Future Culture 2018: Building a Culture of Innovation in the Age of Digital Transformation.” Almost 2,000 interviews were conducted with HR, IT and line of business managers in companies with more than 500 employees from 14 countries, including the UK.

Geoffroy de Lestrange, Associate Director Product Marketing EMEA, Cornerstone OnDemand said:

“CIOs and leadership must look to align to make digital transformation a success within their organisation. It’s not uncommon to inadvertently have a narrowed view if different departments don’t often come together to voice their views. Everyone knows the feeling of being swept up in the day-to-day challenges, but to stay on track and truly transform an organisation, leaders from all departments must come together, bring their expertise, address challenges as a team and drive the wider strategy.”