Too often individuals including leaders are so busy looking at the trees that they fail to see the forest.
Unless one's company is in the business of providing information technology or related services, at the traditional organization, IT tends to be viewed as a back-office, cost-generating function. Regardless of how indispensable it may be to the company's strategic imperatives in such cases, it seems ‘never’ to achieve the same status as 'line' or revenue-generating functions. But never say ‘never’, IT has to be perceived as ‘brain-yard’ of business and strategic partner, what’s leadership requirement for modern Information Management?IT is no longer simply the concern of the CIO. Moreover, the CIO is no longer concerned solely with IT. IT moved up the ladder as an enabler of organizations and needs to understand the nature of the organization. Aligning IT means that this is a collaborative approach and the concept of governance comes into the picture. Ultimately, companies achieve the IT they are willing to participate in building and participation, and leadership by C-level executives is crucial to creating something that can really contribute to success. In other words, IT does not work in a silo, it needs business support. As the CIO continues to become an, even more, critical and integral member of the C-suite, the CIO's role is becoming far more than simply keeping the lights on - but is transforming to significant business enablement, as a full partner with CEO, CFO, and CMO...
Strategy making is teamwork from top-down and bottom-up. The CIO should be executing business strategy through IT, rather than executing IT strategy that supports the business. Information permeates today's enterprise. IT leadership holds the keys to making the company more efficient and effective and implements process and procedures that drive the company to the next level; keep eyes on what happens today, also be focused on what is next.
Modern information management takes collective leadership. The level of "silo” in many organizations remains far too high. But that does ensure that those CIOs with the ability to break down organizational silos bring real added value to the enterprise... Given the value that information is playing in the innovation and growth of organizations today, the proactive C-levels engagement in IT leadership will allow for clarification of the strategic direction, success criteria and delegation of responsibilities.