We know the world is changing and it's changing fast.

 Everyday, the world's discovering more - and more amazing - things to do with the technology we've created. We are moving, changing, exploring and experimenting. We are becoming bolder, more expressive and more agile.
The digital world is making fundamental changes to how we live and play. But it's not limited to our personal lives or to consumers. It's a profound change that affects our business lives too.

Digital is being discussed at board level, in operational teams, as well as in the IT function, in organisations around the world, no matter what industry they are in.

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We see digital as more than just a word. It's the coming together of humans and technology in new ways resulting in fundamental changes in people, teams and organisations.

Because no one has all the answers yet.

According to the World Economic Forum, we're on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution. It might feel like we've been talking about digital for ages, but it's still in its infancy. Think of the dot com era - it lasted ten years, and the third industrial revolution of electronics and IT lasted forty. We're only now starting to understand the implications of the digital era.
The BT CIO report 2016 -
The digital CIO

Global research into the changing role of the CIO and digital transformation.

Technology is fast reshaping our world and has the potential to change everything - businesses, communities, nations and the wider world. Every enterprise is working out their unique approach of adapting in this digital era and already using technology in new and creative ways to transform their business.

So what does this 'digital possible' mean for the CIO? Our previous report into the modern CIO told us their job was becoming more strategic, creative and consultative. This year, we've interviewed more than 1000 CIOs in 11 countries around the world about how their role is changing further as they lead their organisations into the digital future.

The report shows that CIOs are continuing to be more central to the boardroom and the overall business strategy. The impact of cloud, mobility and collaboration, and data and analytics are changing the way they support their business.

A fifth of organisations are describing themselves as completely cloud - centric and the majority of others have more than 50 per cent of their applications and infrastructure in the cloud. However 65 per cent of respondents said their current infrastructure is struggling to support the rapid adoption of digital technologies.
The Digital Possible point of view

What's your digital possible?

Your digital possible will be unique, there's no off-the-shelf solution to digitise a business. This means that understanding, planning, realising and evolving your own digital possible is quite a challenge. It's unique to you and it's uncertain, why is anyone attempting it, let alone embracing it.

People. That's why. Your customers. Your employees.

We believe people are your competitive advantage. So empower them. Make sure the technology works for them, be agile not prescriptive and have one eye to the future.

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Another highlight is the impact of purchasing technology outside of the IT department, with 72 percent of CIOs feeling this is causing them to lose control of their IT estate, and this is set to continue to grow. All areas of the business are pushing hard for the latest technology and this is driving the need for flexible multi-speed business models.

Without exception, every CIO considers the digitisation of business to be a personal priority  - whether it's disruptive new revenue streams, digital elements to customer experience, or the transformation of internal processes. And as a result, CIOs are measuring the success of their organisation against different KPIs compared to 12 months ago.

Download the full report and find out more about the critical CIO skills for digital success, views on cloud models and security, the reasons behind multi-speed technology approaches and who is really spending the IT budget.
The creative use of technology is absolutely accepted as the differentiator, and the network is at the heart of that. We build cloud-based IT ecosystems, the Cloud of Clouds, that allows organisations to connect easily and securely to the applications and data they need, when they need them.

Getting it right is a combination of years of experience. Of knowing when to ask the right question. To know what matters and what doesn't.

Our customers trust us to provide the stability they need to transform. We've been there, done that. We know the choices you need to make on the journey ahead. We know that failure simply isn't an option. And most importantly, we know the power of people and technology together.

We have global reach and local know-how, anchored by our global network and made accessible though our partnerships. Our professional services team can partner with you to stop reinventing the wheel and guide you on your transformation journey in a digital era.

So what's your digital possible?