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2016 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: The digital CIO has arrived

Last updated:October 2016

Editor's note

What does it take to thrive in the digital economy? That's the question leading CIOs, IT leaders and academics tackled at this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. But don't expect any easy answers.

Success in today's cutthroat, digital economy hinges on demonstrating keen leadership in digital innovation. Panelists and speakers emphasized that if CIOs and their organizations want to be heavy hitters in this realm, they'll have to let go of traditional methodologies and legacy technologies and embrace the new IT: the internet of things, blockchain, augmented reality. The digital CIO will also need to educate their business peers on the new business models -- technology-enabled platforms that connect consumers and producers, nimble startups -- that are fueling the digital economy.

This CIO Essential Guide rounds up SearchCIO's coverage of the 2016 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. Read on, learn and enjoy.

1Thorny issues in digital transformation

The digital economy brings a host of new questions for CIOs and IT executives to address. In this section, experts from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium tackle some of the biggest concerns facing today's digital CIO.

2The social network

Along with interviewing IT executives and sitting in on sessions, SearchCIO staffers were also busy snapping photos and recording video snippets for our Instagram account.

3Opportunities abound for CIOs willing to get down and dirty with digitization

Digitization is giving CIOs a new lease on life. In our "Digitally adept" section, you learned how David Neitz, CIO at CDM Smith, helped launch cutting-edge technology to better serve customers. Here, read how he's finding the money to make projects like HoloLens happen. The digital CIO is also being tapped to play key roles outside of the IT department. At JetBlue, the CIO heads up the internal VC arm for the company. And boards are seeking out CIOs to serve as trusted tech advisers.

4It's time to redo your recruitment strategy

Everyone talks 'innovation' these days, but IT recruitment remains stuck in its ways. That's a mistake, according to executives and academics at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. They suggest CIOs rely on data analytics during the hiring process and seek out alternative resources, such as the Year Up program, to bridge the tech skills gap.

5A curated list from our symposium coverage

CIOs and IT experts talk about how they're taking on IT portfolio management, IT strategy and security in the face of digital threats and responsibilities.

6The evolution of digital

Digitization isn't a new topic for CIOs, as this look back on MIT CIO Symposiums gone by demonstrates. This year's theme? 'Thriving in a digital economy.' The theme way back in 2011? 'Beyond the crossroads: How will the CIO role evolve in the digital business world?' But make no mistake, the CIO's role in digital transformation has evolved and so has our coverage. See for yourself.

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