This survey was 1000 CEO's worldwide and the top-ranked issue was, you guessed it; CHANGE. Eighty-three percent say that their company is facing significant change in the next three years, and that is up from 65% in 2006. Another frightening finding here is that there is a widening gap between the expected change and the CEOs ability to adapt to it successfully.
So what are the top changes from the CEO perspective:
- market factors (48%)
- people skills (48%)
- technological factors (35%)
An interesting point here is that a large percentage of the CEOs surveyed are changing their business models (69%). This shift in business model will capitalize on, you guessed it again, VIRTUALIZATION technologies.
I've always said that the enterprise that can respond rapidly to new opportunities and threats (read change), that can bring new products to market at the pace that the market demands, and can move swiftly into new markets and regions will outperform the enterprise that can't adapt as quickly. To thrive in today's world where business as usual is all about change, it requires a new kind of enterprise. I think these CEOs see this and are moving quickly to create that new enteprise and design it to be revolutionary. It will change quickly and easily, respond to, or for that matter, cultivate change.
I'll step up and say it, I think the "dynamic delivery center architecture" put forth by Citrix will be a key component in the recreation of the enterprise to meet the demands of change.