Monday, October 19, 2015

The Spotlight on Digital CIO Oct. 2015

Digital CIOs as Chief Insight Officer: Rise for Changes


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The CIO of today must be able to transition confidently between being strategic and tactical. It is critical to positioning oneself to be able to understand the business and become the trusted and strategic business adviser. However, results are what matter most to those running the business which requires a collaborative and creative approach to leverage strengths and offset weaknesses, along with skilled and inspired staff who have clear direction on the call to action and how the work is meeting company’s objectives, like driving top line revenue. 

The Spotlight on Digital CIO - Oct. 2015
  • Digital CIO - Rise to Change: In the industrial age, CIOs are the second class executive who often does not have a seat at the big table to make strategy, and who spends most of time and resource on “keeping the light on.” However, digital means the increasing speed of changes, data abundance, and hyperconnectivity, technology is often the very disrupter of innovation, and information is the lifeblood of organizations, many forward-thinking organizations empower their CIOs to be the frontrunner digital transformer, recognize CIOs as communication hub and change agent due to the unique position they hold to oversight business processes, and interweave business capabilities, so are CIOs ready to rise for CHANGES?

  • How do you Define the Strategic Role of CIO at Board Level: Due to the changing nature of technology, CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented and reenergized; and many IT organizations are at cross road to either being transformed to be more value added digital engine for their business growth, or being irrelevant as a cost center only. How do you define the strategic role of CIOs at Board Level and what are important skills they need to cultivate?
  • CIOs as Digital Leaders: How to lead effectively: Many forward-thinking organizations declare that they are in the information management businesses regardless vertical sector, and IT plays a pivotal role in leading the digital transformation. CIOs as a digital leader: How to lead effectively?


  • Digital CIOs’ Top Challenges: Due to the changing nature of technologies, CIOs seem to be always at the “hot seat” in the face of increasing business demand, talent shortage, budget limitation or numerous critics from businesses. Now, information is permeating into every corner of business, what technology is expected to do has changed significantly over recent years, although every company has its own circumstances, overall speaking, what are the common challenges facing today’s IT organizations, how can CIOs leverage resources to stay focus, and continually improve IT agility and maturity, to become an integral part of business?

  • IT Leaders and Professionals: Can you ask the right questions?  Although almost all serious digital professionals today understand the importance of asking the right question, it takes both courage and humility for leaders to ask questions, rather than providing the answers; and it takes both insight and wisdom to ask the right questions; many times, you have to breakdown the status quo and breakthrough the conventional wisdom, to keep informative and inquisitive, always to challenge and ensure that the question itself is corrected before answering

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