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How can CIOs stay relevant in a digital enterprise?

Are CIOs here to stay or are they a dying breed? Join our #CIOChat Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. EST to discuss CIOs' place in the digital enterprise.

The traditional CIO is dead. Emerging from the ashes is a new breed of many-sided digital frontiersmen trying to find their place in an evolving enterprise.

The modern CIO wears a lot of hats -- from operations support and innovation management to IT governance, project administration and business application. In broader terms, CIOs today are considered responsible for driving the direction and implementation of technology and innovation. They are expected to be master navigators of the digital domain, and thus are seen as crucial pieces in a business' transition to a digital enterprise.

In a recent Gartner survey of 2,810 IT leaders, 47% see digital leadership as their responsibility.  Similarly, a recent Harvard Business Review Analytic Services survey of 750 business executives found that 41% look to the CIO to lead their company's digital transformation, whereas just 20% think the CEO could do the job. 

How are modern CIOs handling this new pressure? What can they do to juggle their many jobs while pushing the digital enterprise forward? Join our #CIOChat on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. EST to discuss modern CIOs' place in the digital enterprise and the new challenges they face. Discussion may include whether an innovation lab will make or break a CIO, whether new C-suite titles -- chief digital, analytics and innovation officers -- threaten or help CIOs, and whether CIOs are becoming irrelevant.

SearchCIO editors will lead the event from the site's Twitter handle, @SearchCIO, joined by other TechTarget editors, writers, experts and followers. Follow the discussion hashtag, #CIOChat, to chime in.


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Time: 2 p.m. EST

Host: @SearchCIO

Hashtag: Use and follow #CIOChat

Tweet chat newbies (and #CIOChat vets, too!), please review this list of tips before participating in the chat:

To follow the conversation, type "#CIOChat" into Twitter's search bar. From this page, select "All" to view tweets in real time.

Your first #CIOChat tweet should be introductory, including your name, title and organization.

@SearchCIO will ask a series of questions related to CIOs staying relevant in a digital enterprise starting at 2 p.m. EST (Q1, Q2, etc.). In your tweeted responses to each question, please preface with A1 (Answer 1), A2 and so on, then remember to include "#CIOChat." Include this hashtag in every tweet during the chat.

Please note that Twitter allows only 140 characters per tweet. You are welcome to tweet multiple responses to each question.

Throughout the discussion, retweet (RT) and favorite tweets you concur with and reply to those you disagree with.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to our editors. Talk to you on Twitter!

Next Steps

For more on the evolving CIO position, read about CIOs' ongoing identity crises and the challenges of enterprise innovation.

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