Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The fittest

Survival of the fittest is presented as an alternative to natural selection and comes from the same evolution theory that Charles Darwin exposed. Basically, this idea shows how some individuals have features that are better at adapting to the environment, making them able to reproduce and forming the next generation. The ones that don’t have those features will be more likely to die and their features will disappear.

This also happens in the cybersecurity world, where we always drive in the fast lane and adapting to changes is linked to a company strategy readjustment. The one that can’t adapt, as it happens in Darwin’s theory, will disappear. The public CIOs are also attached to these rules and they already have their 2018 objectives planned. This week we want to put the focus on the results we got from the Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey. This study gathered data from 3,160 CIO respondents in 98 countries and across major industries, including 461 government CIOs.

Rick Howard is the research vice-president at Gartner, the company that made the survey, and he is sure that the digital transformation will revolve around data. “To be successful, public sector CIOs need to focus on expanding their data and analytics capabilities and creating a data-centric culture, by increasing the availability of open data and APIs for internal use and public consumption.” If we assume this is true, the public CIOs will have to develop data analysis infrastructure, because this will be fundamental to improving government program outcomes and services to citizens.

Digital transformation is one of the biggest preoccupations for most companies (blind is the one that hasn’t see it) and for the governmental CIOs is also a great priority. The next three commercial priorities for government are security, safety and risk for a 13% of the surveyed, Governance, compliance and regulations for the 12% surveyed and technology initiatives/improvements for the other 11%.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) ranks among the top 10 technology area for the overall sample but is not present for the government. It’s surprising how the IoT technology is a top 10 item for all industries but is not present for the government. The two exceptions are local government due to smart city projects, as well as defense and intelligence, which relies on data flowing from sensors that monitor a wide range of activity.

So if these technologies, so important for other sectors, aren’t a priority to the public sector, then what is it? Cloud solutions, cybernetic security and analysis are the best technologies for new and additional expense for 2018 public CIO, when infrastructure in the data center is the main common objective to save costs.  

“Many government CIOs are rebalancing capital expenditure (CapEx) and operating expenditure (Opex) spending patterns to reduce technical debt, while making the strategic shift to cloud.” Mr. Howard said. “They should consider cloud as the means to accelerate the digitalization of their organizations and enable the business optimization that results.”

The main problem public sector finds is that the government’s CIOs have conflictive priorities. At the same time that they want to keep the digital transformation rhythm in their organizations, they want to complete tasks. The solution is obvious: work constructively with other leaders to equilibrate risks and innovation in the digital transformation’s way.    


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