The role of the modern CIO is rapidly changing. It’s no longer a position for those with limited tech knowledge who manage IT staff and budget. It’s a much more expansive role, one that must appreciate how IT’s solutions and processes ultimately...
A recent LinkedIn post by Marc Dowd (You must become a disruptor) makes no bones about the fact that the pace of change brings many dangers for slower moving organisations. Harvard Business Review recently talked about executives expecting ‘moderate or massive’ digital disruption in the next 12 months. Lower startup costs and the proliferation of consumer IT contribute to a general lowering of barriers to entry to many areas of business, creating an extremely dynamic and ever-growing competitive environment.
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!
Enterprise Architecture has evolved to be much closer to the heart of an organization, directly liaising and advising the CIO with regards to digital business and transformation.