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Digital transformation calls for a profound shift in how an organization uses business processes, technology and the way that people do their jobs. With digital transformation becoming a business reality, it comes as no surprise that it was a frequent topic of discussion in our most popular 2018 SearchCIO videos.
In these videos, you'll hear CIOs sound off on their digital transformation experiences and delineate strategies that CIOs and IT industry leaders can use to help accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The topics include key elements of a successful digital transformation strategy, tips on accelerating digital initiatives and emerging IT trends.
Here are the top 10 most popular SearchCIO videos from 2018, featuring IT advice from IT industry leaders, consultants and analysts.
Driving success with digital transformation
Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization CIO Bill Gillis has one crucial piece of advice for CIOs looking to implement a successful digital transformation program: They need to figure out the problem they are trying to solve. This will help IT industry leaders choose the right technology and vendors that understand the company's business model. Gillis spoke with SearchCIO at the CDM Media CIO Boston Summit in April this year.
Digital transformation: People at the core
People are critical for digital transformation success, according to Gail Evans, global chief digital officer at Mercer. At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium last May, she explained why an important first step is getting people to see what's in it for them and shared tips on how CIOs can make that happen.
Bringing Agile to digital transformation
Harmeen Mehta, global CIO and head of digital at Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel Ltd. and the winner of the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, explained how implementing an Agile methodology --which helps companies experiment while allowing them to fail fast -- can help organizations keep up with digital transformation's rapidly evolving processes. Mehta spoke with SearchCIO at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
Data-driven digital transformation
When it comes to developing digitization strategies, business leaders put more focus on the transformation aspect and ignore valuable, readily available data, according to Deutsche Bank CIO Frédéric Véron. In this video interview from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, Véron encourages business leaders to analyze the data available to them and consider potential business outcomes when developing digital transformation strategies.
Customer expectations driving digital strategies
In this video interview from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, Land O'Lakes senior vice president and CIO Michael Macrie explains why it's a company's customers who are spurring digital transformation strategies. Macrie also explained why departments in direct communication with customers -- sales and marketing -- are leading the digital transformation charge.
How to accelerate digital transformation
Bill Kracunas, a management consultant at RSM, believes it is CIOs who drive an organization's digital strategy. At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, Kracunas suggested CIOs invest in cutting-edge tech to attract young talent, double-down on a company's competitive advantage and use outsourcing as a force for digital acceleration.
Crafting a successful digital business model
Naufal Khan, senior partner at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, believes that making the necessary changes to sell to a digital customer is pivotal to digital transformation. But companies shouldn't stop there, Khan said at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. To build a truly successful digital business model, they need to aim at internal operations and support functions.
Emerging IT trends
According to Wolfgang Bauriedel, executive director at search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, AI and the increasing availability of high-quality data will change the human-machine interface at organizations, helping craft an ecosystem that will blur traditional organizational boundaries.
Hiring people with the right cloud skills
Cloud allows organizations to scale infrastructure as needed to support digital business transformation. But without the proper skills for cloud computing, rolling out the technology can be a big challenge for IT industry leaders, according to Scott Brindamour, senior director of the architect team for cloud hosting and IT services at CenturyLink. At the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., Brindamour highlighted the valuable skills to consider when hiring for cloud.
The rise of multi-cloud and why CIOs should care
Forward-thinking organizations and IT industry leaders shouldn't shy away from embracing a multi-cloud strategy. That's the advice Marco Meinardi, research director at Gartner, provided at the Gartner Catalyst Conference.
For more of these SearchCIO interviews featuring strategic advice from IT industry leaders, visit the SearchCIO video homepage.