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The changing role of the CIO

Digitization, new technologies and increased need for C-level engagement have forced CIOs to evolve. In this Essential Guide, explore the changing role of the CIO and strategies to adapt to the digital marketplace.


Waist-deep in the testy waters of a digital economy, CIOs find themselves in transition. They're no longer just operators of traditional IT infrastructure maintenance duties; they're multifaceted digital frontiersmen trying to find their place in an evolving enterprise. As technological advancements increase in pace, CIOs too, must evolve with the changes and adapt to new roles and responsibilities.

Modern CIOs are tasked with the challenges of having to create business value, develop innovative business processes, deal with IT consumerization, take on the big data challenge, drive the implementation of digital technology, manage shadow IT and facilitate an increasingly mobile workforce.

How are they dealing with these challenges and, as a result, the changing role of the CIO? In this CIO Essential Guide, we'll explore the top hurdles facing modern CIOs, how digitization is changing their roles, C-level business relationships that are essential to company success, the latest technologies that are reshaping the role of the CIO and strategic best practices to help them stay relevant in a digital enterprise.

This Essential Guide on the changing role of the CIO is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1The modern CIO role-

Think you know the CIO?

One thing has become clear: The CIO position is constantly evolving to adjust to contemporary IT conditions and obstacles. In this section, gain valuable advice from business leaders about the changing role of the CIO and find out what essential skills and concepts are necessary for CIOs to spark change within their businesses. Read on to get to know the CIO's role in a digital business environment and discover how to transcend current IT challenges.


Understanding business culture key to curing CIOs' identity crisis

Author Jill Dyché says it's time for CIOs and IT leaders to reinvent their roles, especially if they want to stay relevant to the business. Continue Reading

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Dunkin' CEO shares leadership advice for CIOs

Nigel Travis, CEO at Dunkin' Brands Group, shares leadership advice for CIOs, such as paying top dollar for top talent. "If you've got great people, reward them well," Travis says. Continue Reading

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The many faces of the CIO: Adapting to new roles as CIO

A Deloitte survey of tech leaders suggests CIOs should not limit themselves when it comes to their role in the company: They must adapt to new roles and be ready to switch responsibilities when the IT needs of the company change. Continue Reading


CIOs cite keeping pace with innovation as a top challenge

The speed of innovation is only one of many obstacles facing today's CIOs. In this #CIOChat recap, SearchCIO followers take a look at the top CIO challenges in the digital era. Continue Reading


2016 CIO Leadership Award winner: The three approaches to business innovation

David Neitz, CIO at CDM Smith and 2016 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award winner, explains his company's three approaches to innovation -- incremental, sustaining and disruptive -- and how they can prove useful for other CIOs. Continue Reading

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Will the CIO soon replace the chief digital technology officer?

As the digitization of businesses continues to become less of an innovation and more of a necessity, the chief digital officer position may no longer be required. Read on to learn how the CIO can continue where the CDO may leave off. Continue Reading

2CIOs and digital strategies-

Digitalization spurs new CIO priorities

CIOs are relied upon to lead their companies' digital advancements by creating an IT strategy that sets the course of innovation while accommodating digital initiatives. Does your digital strategy fit the industry standards? In this section, learn how digitalization is changing the role of the CIO, with tips on crafting an effective digital strategy and how to adapt to the changing landscape of the digital enterprise.


Pressured IT leaders and other factors that kill innovation

In this Q&A, author Jill Dyché explains how managers undermine creative thinking and why IT innovation should be a priority for every CIO. Continue Reading


Closing the IT/business gap is the secret digital transformation

Capgemini's Didier Bonnet gives advice to businesses making the challenging journey to digital transformation. Continue Reading


Six changes coming to enterprise digitization by 2020

Enterprise digitization has become essential for modern companies to stay competitive. Read on to learn about the business model, consumer and workforce changes that will have the biggest influence on the digital enterprise by 2020. Continue Reading


CIO pitfalls to avoid when building a digital strategy

Business strategy expert Mark McDonald says when developing a digital initiative, you must think first and foremost about how you're going to make money. Continue Reading


Digital disruption and the changing role of the CIO

The CIO role has become an important ally for board members dealing with digital disruption. Continue Reading


What role will CIOs play in the platform business model?

The CIO's role in platform business model development has grown exponentially as platforms pick up steam and user ecosystems swell. Continue Reading


Digital CIOs must balance efficiency gains and innovation

In this video interview from MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, a CIO Leadership Award finalist discusses how to balance the efficiency and innovation demands of digital disruption. Continue Reading


Developing an IT strategy for the digital revolution

Get tips for building IT strategy in an age where the ability to balance the fast pace of change with system maintenance is key to creating business benefits. Continue Reading

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IT skills adapt to digital future

Panel members at the 2016 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium shared their advice about how CIOs can attract and retain the industry's best talent to succeed in the digital future. Continue Reading

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C-level partnerships benefit CIO role

The relationship between CIOs and the rest of the C-suite has never been more critical to business success than it is today. In this section, discover why C-level engagement is so vital to CIOs and how these relationships impact the CIO position. Read on to understand what C-level relationships are most effective for business success, and learn the best approaches for building and strengthening those relationships.


CIO success hinges on strong C-level relationships, engagement

CIOs are spending more time engaged with the CEO, CMO, COO and other non-IT peers, according to MIT research. C-level executives explain the value of that engagement. Continue Reading


Synergistic relationship between CIOs and CDOs important for business success

Modern CIOs and CDOs must understand each other's challenges and work together for their company's data strategy to remain successful. Continue Reading


The value of CIO-CFO alliance represented in Google's CFO hire

Google is the latest tech giant to hire high-powered financial talent. The takeaway for CIOs? Partner with your CFO if you want to get ahead. Continue Reading


Get past the stereotypes to form strong CIO-CMO partnerships

Anthony Christie, CMO at Level 3 Communications, discusses the importance of the CIO-CMO relationship in a digital economy. Continue Reading

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Five ways to build the CIO-CFO relationship

Collaboration between the CIO and CFO is vital to business success. Read on to discover five tips to build and improve the CIO-CFO relationship. Continue Reading


CIO-CEO relationship critical to IT integration

Together, the CIO and CEO are responsible for promoting a great deal of technological change within their company. Read on to learn tips about getting CIOs and CEOs to work together for the digital good of the company. Continue Reading

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Technologies influencing the changing role of the CIO

New, enterprise-rocking technologies are introduced all the time. What impact do these technologies have on IT and on CIOs? It is up to the CIO to identify and implement technologies that benefit the company's IT department -- and the bottom line. In this section, explore how blockchain technology, augmented and virtual reality, IoT and the cloud are transforming the CIO role.


IoT prompts CIOs to bridge divide between IT and operational technology

IoT is ready for enterprise adoption, but effective deployments require CIOs to enter the realm of operational technology. Continue Reading


BPO/ITO mega-deals endanger innovation, while the cloud transforms outsourcing

The 2015 World BPO/ITO Forum focused on how the cloud is shaking up IT outsourcing. Conference chairman Jim Noble talks to SearchCIO about why mega-deals are bad news for CIOs and innovation initiatives. Continue Reading


How augmented and virtual reality can reshape the enterprise

With AR and VR technology being widely adopted by consumers, they are now quickly moving into the enterprise, according to experts at Deloitte Digital. CIOs must be ready to spearhead the change and implement these new technologies in their businesses. Continue Reading


Business implementation of blockchain technology

It is important for CIOs to lead the way in implementing blockchain technology, which could change the nature of transactions in many industries. Read this four-step guide to understand how to approach a blockchain implementation. Continue Reading

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