Friday, January 1, 2016

The Spotlight on Digital CIOs Part III Jan. 2016

Modern CIOs have many personas and face great challenges.

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Modern CIOs have many personas and face great challenges. It is not sufficient to only keep the light on. Regardless of which industry or the nature of organization you are in, being a digital leader will need to master the art of creating unique, differentiating value from piles of commoditized technologies, but more specifically, what are the digital-savvy CIOs doing to run IT as a value creator and innovation engine?  

The Profiles of Digital CIOs  III  Jan. 2016
  • CIO as Chief Interface Officer: How to Delight Customers: CIOs are getting involved in building products for external/internal customers, but unfortunately, creating great user experiences continues to be a struggle. “UX — short for User Experience — refers to the experience a given user has when using a piece of software or technology, rather than the purely technical capacities of that device.” Because customers' loyalty depends in large part on how they feel about your digital product or channel. CIO as ‘Chief Interface Officer,” what’s your strategy and tactics in building up superior development teams, so you can deliver the innovative apps, to delight customer via an intuitive interface and optimal processes?

  • CIO as Chief Interpretation Officer.  CIO needs to play multiple roles, to make positive influences as a Chief Influence Officer, to deliver the right information/insight as a Chief Intelligence Officer or to orchestrate the seamless integration as Chief Integration Officer. But first of all, CIO needs to play as a Chief Interpretation Officer to convey the vision, to bridge the gap and to enforce the multi-layer, multi-dimensional communication. But what does it take to be an effective ‘Chief Interpretation Officer”?

  • CIO as Chief Inclusiveness Officer: People are still the weakest link either in IT or business overall. While there’re so many brainstorms upon how CIOs need to lead the business transformation and move up IT maturity, one of the most difficult goals facing CIOs is perhaps still about people, can CIO play a critical role as ‘Chief Inclusiveness Officer’ to shape an open and innovative enterprise culture and enforce talent value chain seamlessly?

  • CIO as Chief Inspiration Officer:  Too often the perception is that the CIO is a glorified geek. The reality is that the CIO is one of the most important executive roles in the organization, the person in that role must be business savvy and not only understand the vision of the company but also be able to help formulate it.

  • CIOs as Visionary: The best vision is insight, the most-wanted vision is foresight. Being a visionary is a character or perspective. But, is vision “must have” or “nice to have” for CIOs and other C-level executives? Here are nine collective insights upon the “vision thing.”

  • CIO as Change Agent  Change is the second most popular word in the 21st century. Why is change so tough and what really keeps (C-suite) executives from embracing organizational transformation is FEAR: fear of letting go of heroic leadership, fear of losing control, fear of navigating through uncharted territory, fear of chaos? But change is inevitable, due to the CHANGE nature of technology, CIOs shouldn’t get pushed for the change, they are actually in a better position to play such a role as change agent in leading organizations’ transformation.

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