Emerson Explores the Changing Role of the CIO
Emerson Network Power study finds CIO career growth constrained by increasing
importance of IT to business and the exploding role of social media
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- April 23, 2013
A new report from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and
a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of
critical infrastructure, finds that nearly half of CIOs consider themselves IT
service providers or cost centers, rather than business game changers or
strategic innovators. Simply keeping up with new technologies has become a
major barrier to embracing the rapid development of the information era. The
report, “The CIO of the Future: Becoming a Business Game-Changer,” also
emphasized the importance of budgeting for innovation as one way to embrace a
more strategic role in any organization.
“As a former CIO I understand both the demands of the job and the critical
role that the CIO can play in supporting and shaping business strategy,” said
Steve Hassell, former Emerson CIO and current president of Emerson Network
Power’s Avocent business. “It can be difficult to get off the hamster wheel of
day-to-day operations, but trends such as social media, mobility and
data-driven decision-making are only going to increase the importance of IT.
Emerson is rapidly addressing some of these challenges by introducing
solutions that reduce complexity and improve management of resources. This is
key to making the transition from service provider to business leader a
The report includes responses from 560 CIOs and top IT executives of companies
in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia with 500 or more
employees. Additional highlights from the report include:
*CIOs believe that social media tools will cut traditional email use in
half for internal and external customer collaboration by 2018.
*CIOs from Asia (79 percent) and Latin America (78 percent) lead the pack
in expecting significant change in their role in the next 5 years. Less
dramatic change was expected in the United States and Europe, where about
half believe their role will change significantly in the next 5 years.
*Only 10 percent of CIOs see themselves as a driver of their business’
competitive future; with another 15 percent categorizing themselves as a
business peer and 26 percent seeing themselves as influential
*Those CIOs who do manage to stay ahead of business demands are those who
are able to budget for innovation and focus on strategically adopting new
To view the full report, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/CIOtopics.
For more information on Emerson Network Power solutions that support the data
center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software,
hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for
data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader
in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides
innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap
between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised
availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported
globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about
Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in
bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions
for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the
world. The company is comprised of five business segments:Process Management,
Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial &
Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more
information, visit www.Emerson.com.
Monica Howald, 314-982-6233
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