Changing business demands and technology trends, such as Cloud computing, mobility and the consumerisation of IT, are changing the role of CIOs and redefining the skills needed to be successful, according to talent solution company, Hudson.
In its latest report, Hudson ICT Leaders Series report, Cloud, BYOD & Teleworking: Mastering the Skills Mix for Today's IT Function, it found that there has been a seismic shift away from operationally-focused IT functions to business technology teams who work with the organisation to drive business outcomes.
It showed many CIOs are turning to 'new world' technologies to find more flexible and cost effective ways to help drive innovation and productivity. Forty-three per cent of the respondents mentioned their organisations are using the Cloud to deliver services -- requiring a different set of skills than a traditional IT environment.
The study stated 52 per cent of the respondents provide flexible working arrangements for some employees and 38 per cent have introduced a flexible device usage policy.
Almost two-thirds of organisations use social media as a promotional tool and it is increasingly being used as an internal communications tool.
Trends in Cloud computing and social media were generally viewed as beneficial, with 54 per cent of respondents stating productivity was enhanced, while 57 per cent felt that innovation was also improving.
"User-driven technologies such as flexible working, BYOD and social media, combined with technology developments and increasing business demands are driving transformational change. IT is no longer supporting the organisation -- it is a key driver of business outcomes," Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, said.
The study also showed 52 per cent of respondents bring their own smartphone to work, while 24 per cent bring their own tablets.
Retschko claimed that these trends are prompting a rethink about skills requirements and hiring policies of many of the CIOs and in the war for talent, CIOs must either adapt or risk falling behind. "Today's CIOs need to work closer with human resources to identify where the skills gaps are and find the right workers to fill those gaps. Attracting and retaining talent is now as much part of the CIO's role as technical skills," he added.