Should the CIO become a bridge builder, less involved in technology, more in business?
Thu 3 Apr 2014
What’s in a name? HP’s chief technologist on cloud Christian Verstraete muses on the changing role of the chief information (or is that Innovation?) officer. Putting the actual title aside he sets out what he considers to be the six key responsibilities of the people in charge of today’s IT.
“CIOs need to figure out how information technology can truly support the business in their quest to growth and innovation. Ultimately it is all about how new technologies (Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data) can give the business the insights they are looking for, facilitate the interactions with employees, suppliers, partners and customers, improve operations and find new business models/markets.
But, in the meantime, the CIO is asked to maintain core delivery and operations within the budget and operating model established many years ago. They need to ensure the enterprise is secured from ever more sophisticated cyber-crime, they have to maintain compliance and they are expected to keep the plane flying.”