At this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, an annual gathering of leading CIOs, IT leaders and academics, the spotlight was on digital disruption and digital transformation.
One thing became clear based on lively discussions at the conference: CIOs are at an inflection point. Traditional methodologies and technologies that worked in the past may not work in today's high-speed, information age. CIOs need to adapt to both digital and platform business models and take the reins of their companies' digital transformation in order to succeed.
But that's not all CIOs have to do to make it in today's digital business; they also must utilize new technologies like automated systems and the sensors and devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT), they must collaborate with their C-suite colleagues and get further acquainted with the business side of operations.
This CIO Essential Guide rounds up all of SearchCIO's coverage of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2015. From the forces of digital disruption and the changing CIO role to the emergence of platform business models, IoT and automation, get caught up on this year's conference.
1Conference in review-
Get a taste of this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The all-day conference in Cambridge, Mass., was a platform for intelligent discussions on the CIO's place in an increasingly digital business environment. The following stories cover a wide array of panels from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, all related to digitalization.
Whether they are organized crime cartels, state-sponsored entities or loners, today's cyberattackers often have better technology capabilities than many enterprises. At the MIT CIO Symposium, experts advised CIOs on how to level the field. Continue Reading
CIOs should be prepared to work closely with operational technology teams if they intend to have a hand in forming and deploying an IoT strategy. Continue Reading
Artificial intelligence technology is making automation more human-like -- and not just on the factory floor with smart robots. The Data Mill reports on the impact of automated systems in the enterprise. Continue Reading
Once all but invisible to boards of directors, CIOs are now in the spotlight as a variety of industries see their business models threatened by digital disruption. Continue Reading
Digitization is upending time-honored business models. CIOs and business execs at the MIT CIO Symposium discuss how they are answering the digital threat. Continue Reading
CIOs need to engage the panoply of exec-level peers, including CEOs, chief marketing officers and COOs, if they aim to drive digital transformation projects. Continue Reading
Rather than just managing IT demands from the business, CIOs should shape IT demand, says Prof. Jeanne Ross. CIOs from Staples and Charles Schwab discuss how they are doing just that. Continue Reading
The CIO role in platform business models, often minor at first, grows in importance as the platform picks up steam and its community swells. Continue Reading
The 100-plus-year-old spice company used its huge store of food data to form a new food personalization platform, says former CIO-turned-CEO Jerry Wolfe. Continue Reading
2Symposium sound bites-
Live video interviews from the conference
During the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, SearchCIO editors sat down with top CIOs and IT leaders -- some of them MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists -- to talk digital disruption and CIO success. Check out these video interviews to get firsthand leadership advice from the pros.
In part one of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, leadership awards finalist Peter Nichol discusses how he tackles the digital CIO's dilemma of continuing to innovate while staying competitive.
In part two of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, Access Health CT's head of IT, Peter Nichols, discusses how he forms c-level business partnerships by educating peers about the value of IT.
In the final part of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, the head of IT at Access Health CT, Peter Nichols, discusses how he builds people's curiosity in digital projects by knowing the business.
MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award winner Michael Nilles discusses how to lead a successful digital transformation of business processes with help from an internal alliance.
Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Level 3 Communications, used to be a CIO. In this SearchCIO video, he talks about why CIOs and CMOs really need each other in a digital economy.
In part one of this video interview, Richard Singerman, chief innovation officer at TrustNetMD, discusses his role as the chief interlocutor between CIOs and the front-line positions at the software company.
In the second part of this video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, chief innovation officer Richard Singerman explains the benefits and logistics of failing fast.
As more smart machines are entering the workforce, the debate over their economic impact intensifies. Will they cause job loss? Mary "Missy" Cummings of Duke University gives her take at the MIT CIO Symposium.
Mary "Missy" Cummings of Duke University says employees who oversee automated systems are easily bored; she weighs in on how to reengage them.
Social and ethical implications of technology should be a part of the CIO agenda. A concept known as value-sensitive design can help, according to Duke University's Mary "Missy" Cummings in this video interview.