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Gearing up for Growth using Multi-Speed IT

Business today consume IT at several speeds all at once. Innovation and digital disruption require quick response, legacy systems call for deliberate care and shifting operating models need a pace of change somewhere in between.

Two speeds are no longer enough for the modern IT organization. Unless CIOs can master the art of delivering change at the pace demanded by each area of the business, they risk being relegated to tending legacy systems.

Multi-speed IT is achieved by bringing together a network of skills, instituting a dynamic operating model and installing flexible governance models. The challenge is great, but the reward for the CIO is a pivotal role in an organization’s strategic business agenda.

Accenture Strategy surveyed more than 900 executives on the need for—and ability to deliver—multi-speed IT. While there is broad agreement on the need, opinions on ability vary greatly.

  • Eighty-eight percent of executives believe that the IT organization needs to broaden its scope and keep pace with evolving needs of the business.
  • Seventy percent of executives believed they or their IT organization could operate and simultaneously support multiple business objectives, or “multi-speed IT.”
  • Eighty-one percent of executives stated that most IT organizations do not know how to operate effectively while supporting multiple objectives at the same time.
      [Explore four steps CIOs can take to master variable speed delivery]


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