Are you standing waist-deep in the turbulent waters of a digital economy without a clue on which direction to swim?
Many CIOs like you find themselves in this state of flux.
They’re no longer simply custodians of traditional IT infrastructure and maintenance duties they’re multi-skilled digital frontiersmen, according to TechTarget.
As technological advancements increase in pace, you must evolve with the changes and adapt to new roles and responsibilities.
Are you prepared to lead your enterprise into the future as its digital frontiersman?
Gartner’s guide on the shifting role of the CIO can help you identify where you need to polish up and where you need to let go when it comes to managing your business’s IT wants and needs.
CEOs and CIOs must work hand-in-hand Gartner contributor, Diane Morello, says that enterprises arecoming to understand that digital change is a key variable impacting business strategy. They understand that this undertaking requires a new kind of leadership,she says.
The firm’s 2016 CEO and Senior Business Executive Study shows that half of the CEOs surveyed expect to see digital revolutions in their sectors. In fact, many enterprise leaders believe their industries will be almost unrecognisable within the next half decade. Gartner’s CEO research also shows that one-third of CEOs and senior executives characterise their CIOs as trusted allies and nearly half see CIOs as partners a testament to your important role as CIO. But, CIOs themselves have a more faltering view of their own influence and power, according to another survey’s results. The 2016 Gartner CIO Survey shows that CIOs see themselves more as transactional employees than as trusted allies. While 1 in 3 CEOs consider their CIO to be trusted ally, only 1 in 4 CIOs claim the same. This variance of acuity shows that CEOs have greater confidence in CIOs than CIOs have in themselves. CIOs need to be more confident in the amount of faith CEOs have in them,Morello expounds.
Unlock the confidence you need as CIO
Today, CIOs are tasked with numerous challenges like having to create business value while developing pioneering business procedures. You also have to deal with IT consumerisation, take on the big data conundrum, drive the implementation of digital technology and facilitate an increasingly mobile workforce. So, how do you do all of this with confidence?
Gartner suggests these guides to determine the kind of CIO you are:
Are you a trusted ally?
The CEO routinely tasks you to take leadership roles or ownership of business issues.
Are you a trusted partner?
Partners, CIOs and IT organisations often discuss upcoming business opportunities and threats with senior business leaders.
As you just a transactional worker?
Experts in the field of business leadership say that CIOs must shift their thinking into a higher gear. You need to move away from a culture of control to one of influence to help your organisations build new value for customers. As a CIO, to help your enterprise survive and ultimately thrive in a digital business world, you need to step up to the plate in digital business leadership and recognise this as a team sport, says Lee Weldon, managing vice president at Gartner.