CIO as chief integration officer
Tech Trends 2015
CIOs can help drive innovation by serving as a link between the business strategy and the IT agenda—fusing the vision for tomorrow with the realities of today.
A new charter for IT
As technology transforms existing business models and gives rise to new ones, the role of the CIO is evolving rapidly, with integration at the core of its mission. Increasingly, CIOs need to harness emerging disruptive technologies for the business while balancing future needs with today’s operational realities. They should view their responsibilities through an enterprise-wide lens to help ensure critical domains such as digital, analytics and cloud aren’t spurring redundant, conflicting or compromised investments within departmental or functional silos. In this shifting landscape of opportunities and challenges, CIOs can be not only the connective tissue but the driving force for intersecting, IT-heavy initiatives—even as the C-suite expands to include roles such as chief digital officer, chief data officer and chief innovation officer. And what happens if CIOs don’t step up? They could find themselves relegated to a “care and feeding” role while others chart a strategic course toward a future built around increasingly commoditised technologies.
CIO as chief integration officer: Tech Trends 2015
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