76% of CIOs believe technology is driving the strategy of their organisation a survey of attendees at the 2014 CIO Summit reveals.

The 2014 CIO Summit, held on September 24th in Central London had over 140 CIOs attending to discuss business, technology and leadership. For the 2014 event, held in association with CSC and Delphix, CIO UK worked with British mobile technology leader Jadu to create an App to carry out instant research and enable greater collaboration.

The third survey of the CIO Summit asked the exclusive audience of CIOs: Is technology supporting or driving business strategy?

The Jadu App enabled CIOs to provide anonymous details as to the reasons behind their answer.

“Any organisation without having technology at the heart of its business strategy will be severely hindered,” one CIO observed and another added, “Vision should be the driver, with a clear strategy and technology enables delivery.”

A second CIO Summit survey asked the attendees if they believed their organisations and leadership teams were aware of the disruption digital technology was having, with the majority stating that there was not a full understanding.

Leadership strand keynote speaker Stephen Kneebone, CIO of Nissan Europe (pictured) said in his presentation: “Digital is about complete customer experience not "just another channel",” in a presentation and panel debate that demonstrated the role of technology at every level of the Nissan organisation and its involvement with its customers.

Andrew Jordan, CIO at NBC Universal said “Smart companies go back to basics to understand how consumers consume and design for their behaviours not your assumptions.”

Analysing the survey results and the presentations at the 2014 CIO Summit, Editor in Chief Mark Chillingworth said: “This demonstrates that technology is having an impact on organisations and that truly transformative CIOs are of course supporting the business in its operation, but also opening the eyes of the organisation to realise that technology is and will change the business strategy. Therefore CIOs and technology teams cannot only support the business, they must play a role in shaping the business strategy. No matter what type of organisation you are in, technology is and will alter the way your organisation operates in the near future. This was clearly recognised and demonstrated by the CIOs speaking at the event, whether they be in the British Army, clinical research, local government, national or international business.”

The 2014 CIO Summit featured over 140 CIOs from a wide variety of vertical markets, including financial services, construction, media, health, scientific services as well as central and local government. Speakers at the 2014 CIO Summit included Brigadier Alan Hill of the British Army, Chris Hewertson of hotel business GLH, Gideon Kay of Dentsu Aegis Network and Shaun Mundy of Oxford Instruments.