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Everyones IT

August 5, 2014

Everyones IT in the Business

Everyones IT
Everyones IT

Gartner outlines why and how IT leaders need to develop the role of leading Everyones IT, one of the four futures of the CIO role, in which an understanding of industry-wide and ecosystem issues is critical. Gartner identify the main actions necessary to add this role to a traditional IT Leader role.


Key Findings for Everyones IT Report

  • The increasing strategic importance of technology is driving the CIO role to be more externally oriented, and to give more attention to transformational issues.
  • There is rapid growth in “shadow IT,” and in end-user solution acquisition and development, leading the organizational style; the Gartner 2014 CIO survey found that 26% of IT spend originates outside formal IT organizations.
  • Everyones IT requires significantly different leadership styles from the traditional CIO role.
  • The role of architect in Everyones IT adapts from the traditional directive, control-based approach to place greater emphasis on a consultative style.
  • Potential relevance for most enterprises as an element of bimodal IT, and is particularly appropriate as the main technology organizational style for entrepreneurial startups, small or midsize businesses, spin-offs, and skunkworks.

Everyones IT
Everyones IT


CIOs and other enterprise technology leaders should:

  • Identify where they need to adopt the Everyones IT style of organization (probably blended with other roles of the CIO’s four futures), and transition their own leadership styles accordingly, taking as the assumption that it’s appropriate for most enterprises.
  • Selectively target information and areas of activity that will benefit from an Everyones IT approach.
  • Use the critical success factors identified here to build the CIO’s personal transition path.
  • Communicate the CIO’s transition goals and timetable to all stakeholders of the CIO role.

Read the Gartner Report:

How to Add Everyones IT CIO to Traditional CIO Leadership