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IDC Unveils Practical Planning Templates to Help CIOs Tackle 2016 Strategic Initiatives

At a time when IT innovation and digital transformation (DX) drive conversations about business strategy, the leader who controls the IT budget has a dominant voice in shaping the digital future of the enterprise. A powerful new ten-part series of IT executive reports from International Data Corporation (IDC) offers executives specific, actionable guidance on how to be successful in the new digital enterprise.

The recently published IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions (Doc #259969) provides critical context for the overarching strategic planning process. The newly launched companion documents examine each of the IDC FutureScape's ten predictions in greater detail and deepen their value by addressing two essential questions:

  • What does each prediction mean to me and my organization?
  • What steps should we be taking to take full advantage of each prediction?

The first of the ten reports, IDC FutureScape CIO Agenda Prediction 1: Leading in 3D, a DX Leadership Model (IDC #US40544315), examines "Leading in 3D", a new leadership model for DX. IDC encourages CIOs to abandon 2D thinking that treats the management of innovation and operations as separate, unlinked, and unique practices. IDC has formulated a new technology leadership model that links "innovation" (a future-driven focus on elements like design, R&D, sales/marketing) and "incorporation" (an operations focus on elements like CRM, tech support, talent/skills sourcing) through "integration" (planned progress that focuses on elements like strategic architecture, PMO, and DevOps). IDC believes that the business of the future must continuously respond and adapt to changes in the digital ecosystem.

According to Serge Findling, Vice President of Research with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP), "The 3rd Platform, which powers digital transformation, requires that CIOs and technology executives innovate, integrate, and incorporate at the same time. Anything less is kicking the can down the road."

Similarly, the nine additional IT executive reports closely examine each prediction and offer practical guidance for enabling the change brought on by DX. IT executives are empowered to share relevant reports with their teams to serve as a guide in addressing the most pressing challenges facing their organizations today.

"This innovative series of IT executive studies was designed to answer the questions, 'So what?' and 'Now what?'," said Joseph Pucciarelli, Group Vice President & IT Executive Advisor for IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP). "IT executives are responsible for multiple priorities each year and the task of managing them can be overwhelming. These documents support executives with ten practical, thoughtful, and research-based guides to aid in the execution of these priorities."

To learn more about IDC FutureScapes, please visit:

Published Monday, December 07, 2015 9:19 AM by David Marshall
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