Author: Mario Devargas

CIO

Two faces of Oedipus – Symbiont CIO/CTO!

“Symbiotic Relationship – We all are part of a life cycle… a journey together with relations that are both seen and unseen” – Ric Scalzo: Founder, Gaia Herbs   It...

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CIO Leadership – does it exist?

Are all CIOs leaders or followers? Does it matter where the CIO sits in an organisation to be a leader within that organisation?  Can you learn to be a CIO Leader?   These are questions that I have heard for a long time in my career.  As a seasoned CIO I ask myself them constantly – am I a leader or a follower?  The answer is not easy as it depends on your personal journey through the professional career you have chosen and within the context of the organisations you have worked for.  In some organisations I was a leader, in others I was a followers while in others I was both – schizophrenic or what!

Conversations with a CIO – Delivering Value

“… seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” Alfred Adler   Technology vs. Outcomes The difficulties faced by...

Conversations with a CIO – Think Outcomes, not Technology

We keep hearing that technology is changing the world.  This is true.  Everything changes, and to survive continual change is a fundamental requirement of all businesses.  Consequently, describing how changes in technology can make the difference to a business is a fundamental requirements for CIOs, but they must explain it in business language.  This means that CIOs need to understand their company’s business culture and environment before determining the best approach to solving organisational issues.

CIOs: Replace your 5-Year IT Plan with a 500-day Software Defined Plan

Software Defined NetworkingIT strategic planning – the next 5 years or 500 days?

A number of discussions arose from my last blog series on CIO Dialogues regarding the future of business IT Strategies both in the private and public sectors. Many CIOs raised concerns about disruptive technologies (in particular Software Defined “things”) are changing the CIO role and its ability to continuously provide the right, effective services back to the business.  It is apparent that no matter in what industry you are in, everything is moving at a faster pace than ever before – and with less predictability.  Consequently, CIO’s can no longer develop their traditional five-year IT plans and be relatively safe in their “predictions.”   Today they need to move faster than ever whilst ensuring a stable technological infrastructure for their business.  This means they can only think in terms of “near-future IT strategies” – 12-18 months maximum (about 500 days).

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