In the EMEA region, the role of the CIO is evolving. According to the 2024 State of the CIO study, 90% view themselves as a changemaker, increasingly leading business and technology initiatives. Supporting this, EMEA CIOs anticipate working more closely with a variety of groups this year, specifically operations, finance/accounting, and human resources.

These individuals are also optimistic about tech budget growth in order to move forward with their projects. Ninety-percent expect their overall IT budget to either increase or stay the same in 2024. Top reasons for budget increases include security improvements, infrastructure modernization, and keeping pace with rising costs of technology and services. It’s also no surprise that given the AI frenzy this past year, 76% of EMEA CIOs say they’re tasked with researching and evaluating AI additions to add to their tech stack. 

In the infographic below, you’ll get a full view into:

  • Budget expectations for CIOs in EMEA
  • The top business and technology priorities for this year
  • How the CIO is working more often with LOB executives
  • Where CIOs are spending more and less time this year
  • The increasing involvement the EMEA CIO has in AI