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 emerging 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 SearchCIO Essential Guide, we'll explore the top hurdles facing modern CIOs, how digital transformation 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 and analysts 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.
Jim Fowler, CIO at GE, considers himself the company's chief automation officer. He explains what the role entails in this SearchCIO video interview. Continue Reading
Analysts and tech leaders at Gartner Symposium 2017 outlined what's required for CIOs to help their companies become true digital businesses. Continue Reading
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
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 enterprise landscape.
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
The CIO's role in platform business model development has grown exponentially as platforms pick up steam and user ecosystems swell. Continue Reading
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
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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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 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 nurturing those relationships.
CIOs are spending more time engaged with the chief marketing officer (CMO), CEO, COO and other non-IT peers, according to MIT research. C-level executives explain the value of that engagement. Continue Reading
Learn how the CISO-CIO relationship is fostering the pharmaceuticals company's cloud initiatives and data security processes. Continue Reading
Modern CIOs and CDOs must understand each other's challenges and work together for their company's data strategy to remain successful. Continue Reading
Modern CIOs are strategic business partners to their boards and CEOs. John Petzold of Los Angeles-based global executive search firm Korn Ferry explains how the changing role of the CIO is driving company success. Continue Reading
Anthony Christie, CMO at Level 3 Communications, discusses the importance of the CIO-CMO relationship in a digital economy. Continue Reading
4CIOs and changing tech-
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 machine learning, blockchain technology, augmented and virtual reality, the internet of things (IoT), and the cloud are transforming the CIO role.
IoT is ready for enterprise adoption, but effective deployments require CIOs to enter the realm of operational technology. Continue Reading
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