Looking ahead to 2014, the potential for CIOs and IT leaders to achieve higher levels of success seems virtually unlimited. I am extremely optimistic, and here's why:

  1. The combination of social, mobile, cloud, big data are creating new demands from the business for more IT services. The business wants everything faster, better and bigger - and naturally looks to the CIO to get the job done.
  2. The Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet, the Internet of Everything - no matter what you call it, it's a game-changer!
  3. The War for Talent puts new emphasis on the CIO's ability to find, recruit, hire and retain top performers.  Great CIOs will become a "talent magnets" to attract the best people and build the best teams.
  4. Rising demand from the business translates into more clout for CIOs seeking budget increases to upgrade infrastructure, hire more staff and provide more services.

Looking at the trends, I foresee a long period of healthy growth for IT. Thanks to the ubiquity of information technology, CIOs have unparalleled vision into every corner and crevice of the modern enterprise. This unique and extraordinary perspective creates amazing leverage that smart CIOs will use to their advantage. 

Next year will see the rapid spread and wider adoption of newer technologies such as 3D printing, additive manufacturing, geospatial marketing, mobile medicine and wearable computers. All of the newer technologies will depend on IT to make them practical engines of business growth.

As I've written before, successful CIOs combine leadership, innovation and transformation to drive real value across the enterprise and support the strategic goals of the business. I am highly confident that higher demand for business-critical IT services will result in higher profiles, increased strategic relevancy and greater success for CIOs and IT leaders in 2014 and beyond.

At HMG Strategy LLC, we look forward to supporting, guiding and enabling your journey toward continuing success in this incredibly exciting field. From all of us here at HMG Strategy, we extend our best wishes to you for a prosperous and wonderful new year!