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With the U.S. presidential elections finally behind us, all eyes are on the future. What will the new year bring for solution providers?

Three new market reports give a hint. They look at CIO agendas, the BYOD wave, and the career trajectories of chief data officers. Here’s your solution-provider summary.

CIO Agendas

If you work with midsize or large clients, be aware that corporate CIOs are shifting their business priorities. A new global CIO survey by Deloitte finds more than half (57%) of CIOs said their top business priority is now customers. A year ago, fewer than half (45%) said the same.

Other top business priorities for CIOs include growth (cited by 49%), performance (48%), cost (40%) and innovation (35%), Deloitte says.

On the technology front, execution is a top goal for over half (55%) of the CIOs surveyed. However, only one in five (21%) said they’re actually building core IT capabilities around project execution and solution delivery.

Innovation and disruption was cited as essential by nearly half (47%) of the CIOs surveyed by Deloitte. But again, achieving that could be a challenge: Nearly as many (43%) said their IT organization lacks any innovation function or process.


You already know that the bring-your-own-device trend is huge. But how huge? A new report from Markets & Markets predicts the worldwide BYOD and enterprise mobility market to grow by nearly 16 percent a year through 2021, when it will reach $73.3 billion, up from this year’s $35.1 billion.

By vertical industry, retail will hold the largest market share for BYOD usage, M&M predicts. But manufacturing’s adoption of BYOD will be the fastest growing.

Where’s the BYOD opportunity for solution providers that don’t resell mobile devices? M&M expects high demand in several related services, including mobile device management, device security, professional services and cloud-based services. In other words, there should be opportunities galore.

Data Officers

Looking to hitch your wagon to a star? Consider the chief data officer (CDO). A new report says that big data and analytics can be valuable not only to organizations, but also to the careers of big data executives. Indeed, the report, from research and advisory firm Gartner, predicts that 15% of successful CDOs will move to higher C-level positions — include CEO and COO — by 2020.

To make this prediction, Gartner this past summer surveyed 180 CDOs, chief analytics officers and other high-level data officers worldwide.

Nearly a third (30%) of those surveyed said they report directly the CEO. And they’re heavily involved in strategic, C-level work, including strategic planning, decision-making and leading digital business initiatives.

These executives are getting themselves firmly entrenched. More than half (54%) told Gartner their organization has fully or partially implemented an office of the CDO. Another one in five (20%) said they’re either exploring or planning to implement an office of the CDO in the next year.

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