The role of the chief information officer will change significantly in the next few years, driven by the growing adoption of artificial intelligence and by demands from cybersecurity. IT leaders are rapidly scaling their digital businesses, making the remainder of this year and 2018 a defining moment for CIOs that don’t want to be left behind, according to research firm Gartner Inc.

Those were among the messages to emerge from the Gartner ITxpo conference in Orlando this week, which looked at the top technology and data trends that are shaping IT as we approach 2018. The firm said that the CIO role is transitioning from that of delivery executive to one of business executive, and from controlling cost and engineering processes, to driving revenue and exploiting data.

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