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CIOs must join the board if companies are to benefit from emerging ‘disruptive' technologies

93 per cent of senior executives believe long-term business success is dependent on technical innovation

1 December 2014 – Company boards must work more closely with their CIOs if they are to benefit from ‘disruptive’ technologies, including cloud computing and mobile internet, that have the greatest potential to drive innovation and growth. This is a key finding in a new report - ‘The Board and the CIO’- published today by Advanced 365 (Advanced).

The report highlights the need for CIOs to be included in board level decision making and for senior executives to enhance their technical knowledge to help improve their business’ competitive advantage.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute* disruptive technologies could contribute between $165 trillion and $275 trillion to the global economy by 2025. Alongside cloud computing and mobile internet, some of the 12 key emerging technologies include advanced robotics, 3D printing, the automation of knowledge work and the Internet of Things.

Neil Cross, Managing Director Advanced 365 comments: “Technology now influences every area of business but some organisations are only using a fraction of its potential to drive business vision and strategy forwards. To bridge this gulf, company boards must work more closely with their CIOs to identify the solutions that can transform their business – now and in the future.

“More businesses are realising that CIOs hold the key to driving innovation and supporting board-level decision making to turn vision into reality. In contrast, boards that sleepwalk through technological advances are likely to get left behind by their competitors.”

The report also highlights research by Accenture** that reveals that 93 per cent of senior US and European executives regard their company’s long-term success to be dependent on its ability to innovate. Less than one in five (18 per cent) believe their own innovation strategy is delivering a competitive advantage and only 34 per cent of survey respondents feel their company has a well-defined innovation strategy.

Boards are increasingly appointing CIOs from business as well as traditional IT backgrounds to ensure they benefit from commercial and technical expertise. The paper includes advice to help board members identify potential CIOs with the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities that are key to business growth in the digital age.

“Developing an integrated business and IT strategy requires more effective communication between CIOs and board members. The role of the CIO is evolving rapidly as they are asked to think about business strategy as well as day to day operations to ensure sustainable growth,” concludes Cross.

Advanced 365 is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors.

In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards and ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.

The report- ‘The board and the CIO’- is available from Advanced 365’s website, via this link.


Notes to Editor

*Source, the McKinsey Global Institute (via Smartplanet), 2014:

**Source: Accenture, 2013:

About Advanced 365
Advanced 365 is a leading provider of IT managed services and business innovation solutions. Working with organisations within the private, public and charity sectors, Advanced 365 aligns technology to its clients’ business needs in order to improve their operational efficiencies, help control costs, enhance productivity and enable growth.

Core offerings include:
• Managed services focusing on the delivery of IT services including: outsourcing, cloud computing, application development and support, and unified communications.

• Business innovations to make legacy systems relevant to today’s business environment. Advanced 365 provides a CIO advisory service which supports the deployment of technologies including modernisation, legacy system migration, application development, applications support and data cleansing.

Advanced 365 is a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner and works closely with other industry leading vendors and developers including Redhat, Gamma Telecom, IBM and Oracle.

Advanced 365 is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors.

For further information contact:
Angela Mycock and Ben Carey, Advanced Computer Software Group 01625 856 513