Although CIOs would like to spend 57 per cent of their time driving innovation, in reality they can only spare 12 per cent, a new study by Lucidworks reveals.

A quarter of CIOs are responsible for heading up tech-driven innovation at their organisation, but troubleshooting and problem solving tasks take up the majority of their time. As a result, CIOs are taking part in unusual activities in order to free up more time for innovation, such as study tours, hack days and tech showcases, reports betanews.com.

Automating menial tasks may also allow CIOs focus on innovation, not troubleshooting. In an ideal world, CIOs would want to spend just six per cent of their time running the IT function. Increasing headcounts could take some of the pressure off CIOs, and 87 per cent plan to hire more members of staff this year. Furthermore, hiring a chief operating officer (COO) can reduce a CIOs’ workload by five per cent, which means they would gain one extra free day a month.

To drive innovation, digital leaders are making sure they stay in regular contact with line-of-business leaders, as well as proactively identifying tech which can help fuel innovation.

CIOs are also boosting their investments, to empower individuals at all levels. Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics are taking priority this year, followed by infrastructure and data centres, and mobile.