CIO challenges in 2020 demonstrate the strategic nature of their IT responsibilities and contributions to their businesses. If you are a CIO today, there is a lot more riding on you because you’re expected to deliver business value. So, how can you overcome the roadblocks that hinder your success? In this quick overview, we’ll look at the top three challenges and share what you can do about them.

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1. Reducing or Eliminating Technical Debt

If I were forced to choose one word that sums up the last 10 years, it would be “faster!” Lead times for new applications and technology that now are considered barely acceptable were unheard of just a few years ago, especially since continuous releases have burgeoned in popularity. Technical debt is the main roadblock here. The cries from the business for speed forces a trade-off between perfect products and short timelines, and the resulting updates and rework can be stifling.

Increasing developer productivity without adding resources and standardizing app delivery can help offload technical debt. But that’s easier said than done. And who is expected to make this magic happen? CIOs, of course.

2. Increasing Business Agility and Competitive Advantage

The pressure on CIOs to deliver new and proven ways to enable rapid response to change and new customer or internal user demands is immense. Slow response times, performance issues, data hiccups, bumpy user experiences, and outdated interfaces are all essentially tickets on a train bound for lost customers, reputation, and revenue. You know what is needed to increase agility and you know the experiences you need to offer customers so you can stay ahead of the pack.

Modern, nimble infrastructure and applications that can be adapted and modified quickly and easily are the path forward to agility and competitive advantage. However, it’s really hard to make a business case for a major investment or a big move to the cloud when reducing costs across the board is an obsession in the C-suite. You need a cost-effective way to make this happen, but how?

3. Adopting New Technology Trends Faster (Microservices, AI, IoT)

Who doesn’t love the latest technology trends? Microservices make flexibility, speed of delivery, and maintainability possible. When embedded in apps, AI delivers the multiexperiences (chatbots, predictions, AR and VR, voice, and more) that attract, land, help, and retain customers and users. Exploiting IoT data enables real-time analytics and decision-making based on hundreds of thousands of data points. The challenge is finding or training developers and data scientists who can deliver intelligent apps and systems that not only grow your business but also deliver real ROI.

As you look over all headlines that scream about a shortage of full-stack, AI, and IoT developers, you probably feel real pain. How will you get your smart apps and multiexperiences out there when the odds seem stacked against you?

CIO Challenges in 2020: Three Roadblocks, One Answer

Low-code is the answer to all the questions I’ve posed. It enables you to create complete applications visually, using a drag-and-drop interface rather than writing thousands of lines of complex code. Consider it a buy-one-get-two free offer.

Low-code can reduce technical debt so it’s manageable and almost nonexistent. Plus, developers can build faster, which increases productivity and efficiency. No matter what is needed to achieve business agility and competitive advantage, you can use low-code without ballooning your IT and talent spend or causing your CFO to have a heart attack. As for taking advantage of the latest trends to deliver the apps and multiexperiences that make up your application development strategy, low-code handles that, too.

To learn more, check out our full guide to low-code.