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The pace of IT and data is moving exponentially. With a rapidly growing networks across all industries, keeping track of all these connection points will give rise to a new business leader:  The Chief Information Officer, or CIO.

Why will a CIO be such a crucial part of future business?

In 2008 alone, humans created more data than all the years of human history…combined. With growths in data creation comes a rapid increase in network speeds. In the past 40 years, network speeds have increased 179,000 times. Not only is there more data to consume, but it can also be accessed quicker and easier than ever before.

Employees believe they should be empowered to tap into these networks of data. In fact, two-thirds of employees believe they should be able to have access to information using company issued devices at anytime and from any location. With these remote access points at their fingertips, 60% of employees believe they don’t even require an office to be effective.

By 2015, tools and automation will eliminate 25% of IT labor hours. Data will continue to increase and the rate at which it’s accessed will continue to rise. In the middle of it all will be the CIO, keeping a thumb on the pulse of information and steering companies in the direction they need to move.

Do you have a CIO to keep everything together?

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12 Comments.


  1. Nice piece of information. And then there are these impatient and incredible millenials who want to use their own devices at work and try to work without company IT support to solve their IT issues… http://www.thestrategyweb.com/will-millenials-cause-a-headache-for-it-in-the-future
    Good luck in the future, CIOs!

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  2. At the rate data is increasing right now, I feel that 50 years down the road, there won’t be a CIO. There will probably be an automated system that replaces the CIO. Perhaps even some sort of artificial intelligence will be doing this for us.

    Quite an interesting post.

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  3. This is not only true for the IT industry. The IT itself replaces rapidly the work, previusly executed by humans. So I believe the mast of the unemployement is due to the it-erization of our world. However sad is it, but true…

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  4. I have been Cisco training for the last 1 year and I am finding it so interesting. Thank you for your post I will link it to my other Cisco sites.

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  5. I askes last month my CIO to try Cisco products and now we decide to implement some hardware and software for our telecommunication plant. I hope it works.

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  6. This is exactly what I have been asking myself – where are all the CIOs?
    http://www.architxt.net/blog/new-media/where-are-all-the-cios/

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  7. Not now. But we would like to have for our m6.net hosting business solution. A great pictorial explanation – helps us to understand well. Will like to test CIO. Thanks for saving human efforts by CIO.

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  8. I feel like the CIO is increasing so fast! At this rate there might not be one soon. OMG TECHNOLOGY

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  9. I don’t know that you needed a dedicated CIO to really take advantage of the opportunity. I know for my small business with the right tools I can track/manage/forecast/react to shipping demands and supply demands in real time.

    I guess its a matter of scale, but for me and my 5 employees right now we implement most of these things today. Working outside the office, staying connected on different devices, it can all be done even on a small scale.

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  10. I have to agree with George, that this phenomena is not just isolated to IT, but is being applied to business models in general. Technology has proven to carry with it a double-edged sword that will ultimately eliminate the need for human intervention except in the cases of technology creation and maintenance, but even those areas will require less need for people as they continue to advance.

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