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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:53

Emerson Network Power Survey Finds Only One in Four CIOs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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.

The Emerson Network Power report includes responses from 560 CIOs and
top IT executives of companies with 500 or more employees in the United
States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Highlights from the report include:

·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
collaborators.

·Latin American CIOs are more likely to see themselves as developers of
business strategy or game changers. U.S. CIOs are the least likely to
see themselves in this way.

·CIOs identified 40 issues as being very or extremely important to their
role as IT leader in their organization. As a result they find
themselves spending most of their time focused on providing services
rather than planning for the future.

“As a former CIO I understand both the demands of the job and the
critical role 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 in attracting and serving customers.
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 seamless effort.”

To view the full report, visit the www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/CIOtopics

For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions
that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com