The Role of the CIO or IT Executive

Chief information officers (CIOs) and IT directors need to keep the enterprise operating in a secure manner while also helping the enterprise go digital. The challenge is to leverage technologies that can automate legacy processes or reinvent them in a completely new digital approach.

Adopting the right artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital workplace technologies will allow CIOs and IT executives to maintain security and responsibility, simplify management and scalability, and streamline cost of operations.

Our research for CIOs and their teams is focused on providing insights on trends in emerging technologies and the best practices of how to put them to work in the digital business era.

What does a chief information officer (CIO) do?
How does a CIO drive digital business initiatives?

CIOs and a Digital Business Approach

Over time, the CIO's role has shifted to require more collaboration between business and IT in order to drive digital transformation.

In our research and advisory, some of the key issues we address include:

  • How can enterprises leverage new technologies, such as machine learning, to update existing applications?
  • What are the best practices for shifting to a digital business approach?
  • How should enterprises balance new best-of-breed applications versus platforms offered by large technology providers?


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Actionable Insights for 2019:
Top 10 Predictions

The Aragon Research Analyst Team

CIO and IT Research

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Blockchain Wars: R3 Corda vs. Ethereum and Hyperledger 
March 29, 2019

Summary: In this research note, we evaluate Ethereum, Hyperledger, and Corda, three of the emerging choices, and examine how to find the best provider for your enterprise needs. Read More >

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Aragon Research's Top 10 Predictions for 2019: A Look Forward to the Next 5 Years 
January 24, 2019

Summary: Aragon's top ten predictions for 2019 and beyond cover several accelerating areas of interest. Both end users and vendors should closely examine these trends and adjust business plans accordingly. Read More >

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The Aragon Research Technology Arc for Artificial Intelligence, 2019
March 26, 2019

Summary: The Technology Arc for Artificial Intelligence highlights and reviews the key technologies and products that enable work to get done and deliver business value. Read More >

The Aragon Research Tech Spectrum™ for Customer Journey Mapping, 2019

The Aragon Research Tech Spectrum for Customer Journey Mapping, 2019
January 16, 2019

Summary: This research note provides a deep dive into innovating, creating, and maintaining the best operational processes—manual or automated—necessary for the best customer journeys. Read More >

CIO and IT Blogs

how can we champion the next generation of leaders

How Can We Champion The Next Generation of Leaders?
March 27, 2019

Summary: Whether you’re a CIO, CEO, business leader, or manager, this blog offers actionable insights you can put into practice today to start developing the next generation of leaders. Read More >

Amazon re:Invent 2018: Throwing Down in Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Machine Learning, and Marketplaces

Amazon re:Invent 2018: Throwing Down in Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Machine Learning, and Marketplaces
December 13, 2018

Amazon recently introduced Timestream, which captures and processes data from IoT sensors and logs. Read More >

Right Now, Companies Can Use Your Facial Recognition Data Without Your Consent

Companies Can Use Your Facial Data Without Your Consent
March 18, 2019

Summary: As facial recognition technologies progress with image and video analytics, the need for regulation of facial recognition data is getting stronger. Read More >

Thoughts on IBM's Trust and Transparency Capabilities for AI

Thoughts on IBM's Trust and Transparency Capabilities for AI
November 5, 2018

Adrian Bowles responds to IBM Watson Chief Architect Ruchir Puri's recent blog discussing IBM's new trust and transparency capabilities for AI that aim to address the critical explainability issue. Read More >