Cloud to create a wider role for future CIOs, expert predicts

Wednesday 19 December 2012

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Chief information officers (CIOs) could have an important role to play beyond their organisations as more businesses move into the cloud, it has been claimed.

Antonio Piraino, chief technology officer at management software provider Science Logic, said that as the use and demand for cloud computing grows, governments will become more involved in its regulation.

Writing for Forbes, he suggested that this will create "a worldwide opportunity" for CIOs with an industry voice.

"Their job descriptions will soon require they act as international power brokers, ambassadors and even diplomats," Mr Piraino predicted.

"Required to negotiate services maintained by a few back-end infrastructure specialists, the CIO’s human responsibilities will shrink."

He claimed that their larger legal, financial and security-related responsibilities will "grow exponentially" over the coming years.

Earlier this month, a study revealed that over 50 per cent of CIOs fail to test cloud vendors' security systems and procedures when migrating their software to the cloud.

A recent survey conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum indicated that 61 per cent of companies are using a cloud-based computing service, compared with just 48 per cent in 2011.

Posted by Alex Boardman