CIO Agenda

The leadership, organisational and technology priorities CIOs must address in 2022

2022 CIO Agenda: Create an Action Plan to Master Business Composability

The Gartner CIO survey, which surveys more than 2,000 IT executives on current business practices, found that these organisations came out of the pandemic ahead of other organisations when it came to overall business performance, reduced risk and operating costs, and increased revenue. 

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    Composable Thinking Actions: 56% of high composability organisations promote a high-trust, empowering culture.

    Remove barriers and friction to get through uncertainties to create opportunities

    Composable thinking is the mindset to guide the business through uncertainties and opportunities. This shift in thinking can only thrive in an environment with a high-trust culture and empowered teams that can identify signals indicating a shift in the marketplace, business, or a key relationship.

    This type of thinking requires an organisation that is continuously learning and constantly on the lookout for opportunities, but also for areas of existing weakness. Ideally, you will focus on removing barriers and friction for your teams so they have the ability and the confidence to put this mindset into practice.

    Composable Thinking Actions: 56% of high composability organisations promote a high-trust, empowering culture.

    Build multidisciplinary teams to support composable business architecture

    Composable Business Architecture is the organisational blueprint to manage the pace of business change. Mindset is the first step, but without an architecture that facilitates composable business, it is impossible to enact real change.

    Execution is key in any business model, but organisations with effective composable business architecture build multidisciplinary teams to leverage a wide set of skills and expertise all aligned to the same value proposition. Organisations that have high business composability distribute accountability across leaders, explore new ways of working, and design technology and business in parallel, recognising that a quick response to volatile conditions is key.

    Composable Business Architecture Actions: 64% of highly composable organisations design business and technology in parallel
    Composable Technologies Actions: 60% of highly composable organisations adopt iterative development as a default

    Use technology in ways that support key pieces of composable business

    Composable Technologies are systems and data that integrate quickly and easily. Highly composable organisations recognise that iterative delivery processes, collaborative work styles, and integrated systems drive better results.

    You will need to use technology in ways that support those key pieces of composable business. For example, technology is a catalyst for cross-team collaboration and building out integration capabilities for data, analytics, and applications. Composable business thinking requires you and your teams to identify the key moments in which to act, and this is highly dependent on having the right data available.

    Composable Technologies Actions: 60% of highly composable organisations adopt iterative development as a default
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    The “new normal” is disruption. Organizations that lean into this reality and leverage their innovation capacity, technology and reach will not only survive, but grow as a result.

    Monika Sinha

    VP Analyst, Gartner

    Frequently asked questions about the Gartner CIO Agenda

    The 2022 CIO Agenda analyses data from the 2022 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Survey and supplements it with interviews from several CIOs (or equivalents) who had interesting stories about their enterprise’s transition to business composability.

    The 2022 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive survey was conducted online from 3 May 2021 through 19 July 2021 among Gartner Executive Programs members and other CIOs. Qualified respondents are each the most senior IT leader (CIO) for their overall organisation or a part of their organisation (for example, a business unit or region).

    The survey gathered data from 2,387 CIO respondents in 85 countries and all major industries, representing approximately $9 trillion in revenue/public-sector budgets and $198 billion in IT spending.

    The survey was developed collaboratively by a team of Gartner analysts, and was reviewed, tested and administered by Gartner’s Research Data and Analytics team.

    Use this research to assess how your organisation is doing in terms of business composability and three key areas in which to focus. You can also learn how your peers are ranking and why business composability is key to a successful organisation.

    For the Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Agenda 2022, Gartner defines a high-composability cohort (n = 150) as respondents that meet all three of these criteria:

    • Practice composable thinking widely (6) or extensively (7) throughout the enterprise.
    • Practice composable business architecture widely (6) or extensively (7) throughout the enterprise.
    • Use composable technology widely (6) or extensively (7) throughout the enterprise.

    Gartner defines a low-composability cohort (n = 316) as respondents whose practice of business composability in all three domains is not at all (1), rarely (2) or somewhat (3).

    The rest of the organisations are considered moderate business composability.

    CIOs and technology executives must prepare to operate in a more disruptive business environment by making their enterprises more composable. CIOs are in a great position to lead the charge and advance composable thinking, business architecture and technology at the same time. Plans should include steps in the three domains that reinforce each other.

    Business composability combines mindset, practices and tools to accelerate digital business. Gartner’s primary research found some enterprises used composability to beat competitors during the pandemic.

    IT budgets are expected to grow at the fastest rate in over 10 years as survey respondents reported an average growth of 3.6% in the overall IT budget for 2022

    The increase in IT budget means CIOs and technology executives have a choice of where to invest. Without big deficits to remedy elsewhere, they can afford to invest in composability, especially for developers and business architects who can design in a composable manner as well as invest in packaged business capabilities

    1. Modularity: Partitioning a domain into managed components — to scale and control change
    2. Autonomy: Minimizing dependence of components from each other — to maintain the integrity of change
    3. Orchestration: Prescribing and negotiating interactions between components — to enable re-composition to form new processes
    4. Discovery: Ability to discover, understand and design new opportunities using existing components to guide, track and secure change

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