Many innovative enterprises are evaluating how to take advantage of opportunities created by cloud, social, mobile, and data with analytics. The implications go far beyond technology into core activities related to business model, corporate culture, and interactions with customers.
Many companies making these changes undertake shifts in organizational priorities, goals, and technology platforms. Taken as a whole, we call these shifts “digital business transformation.”
Digital business transformation can push the CIO and IT in one of two directions. Either the CIO role evolves to help lead the transformation or IT may become relegated to second-tier status as a supplier of infrastructure rather than a partner for innovation.
The challenge for CIOs, therefore, is participating in the business decisions and strategies that will shape the company over the coming years. This requires deep understanding of the business and strong relationships with other leaders in the organization.
In my conversations with CIOs and other business leaders, digital business transformation is frequently a topic of discussion. The implications of digital transformation are profound for the company, its managers, employees, and customers.
Recently, I spoke with three leaders about these topics:
In the video below, taken from my CxOTalk conversations, you can see key points from these prominent experts on digital transformation and the CIO’s role.
Lessons for the CIO. When three of the most influential voices in the CIO world comment, it is well worth our time to listen. Here are three lessons:
When IT combines business and technical knowledge with communication skills, the CIO becomes a valued business partner. In the age of digital transformation, that’s the CIO’s ticket to great success.
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