Intelligent CIO North America Issue 21 - Page 32

EDITOR ’ S QUESTION

HOW CAN CIOS REMAIN INNOVATIVE TO ENSURE THEY RETAIN THEIR TOP TECHNICAL TALENT ?

CIOs are spending more time on innovation , with three-quarters stating they have increased innovation efforts , according to the 2021 Global CIO Survey from Logicalis , a global provider of IT solutions .

The study , which questions 1,000 CIOs from around the world , finds that despite a strong focus on innovation , just 27 % of CIOs describe innovation as part of their company culture .
The research also reveals that 21 % of respondents admit that innovation is confined to specific areas and departments . A further 34 % of CIO respondents also say that innovation consists of large-scale projects driven by dedicated teams . The results suggest a lack of innovation embedded in company culture and organizational willingness to evolve and adopt modern technologies .
The hesitancy to expand innovation across the business and encourage new ideas is impacting businesses ’ ability to keep up with the wider market and competitors . Businesses must emphasize a culture of innovation or risk not supporting changing customer demands and losing valuable employees as the XYZ generation workforce demands digitally focused working practices that match their expectations for user experience .
Nearly 80 % of survey respondents believe their organization is already falling behind competitors because of the pace of changing processes . Particularly , CIOs state they are struggling to keep up in increasing efficiencies ( 38 %), streamlining workflows ( 37 %) and enhancing services ( 36 %).
Expanding an innovative culture across a disseminated workforce is harder than scaling to employees working under one roof . Robust , digital communication solutions enable a hybrid workforce to connect remotely to develop an innovative culture .
An updated approach to innovation and companywide collaboration will enable businesses to improve productivity and gain a competitive edge .
“ Businesses don ’ t have to approach innovation with an ‘ all-in ’ strategy ,” said Toby Alcock , CTO of Logicalis . “ It can start with optimizing operational processes such as empowering employees to build their own workflows or automating a process that was previously manual . The key to success is building an innovative culture where employees can surface and test new ideas quickly and providing the time , tools and processes for them to do so .
“ By doing this , employees will produce groundbreaking ideas and solutions and in turn , will feel satisfied within their roles and employee turnover will decrease .
“ Without taking these measures , businesses risk losing top talent to competitors that are more advanced .”
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