Friday, July 29, 2016

Digital CIOs’ Elevator Pitch

Digital IT has multi-faceted fitness, multidimensional intelligence, and multi-level capabilities.

Digital IT plays a significant role in busienss trainsformation. CIOs as IT leaders also have to envision and convey the clear message about IT reputation. So what's CIO's elevator pitch for getting BoDs, executive peers, and shareholders' buy-in?

IT is more like the “Digital Brain” of the organization: Because information allows you to build an actionable insight, to help the business make right decisions at every level, to capture insight & foresight for the future of the organization. IT should not only act as a “left brain” of the organization to focus on analysis and logic, more importantly, it needs to become the whole brain, to leverage the creativity of right brain and boost business innovation.

IT can be both the connective tissue and nervous system to the business' blood, bone, and muscle: If you relegate IT to "computers and servers," you’re basically not engaging a core part of your body that is critical for growth. IT and the business are intertwined but must be on the same page. IT enables the business to operate effectively and successfully and catalyze it to grow, change and adapt to future needs.

IT is the lubricant to a well-designed business system: Software and hardware by themselves will never make a profit if a company’s products, people, and processes are not good and strong enough to compete in the marketplace. IT helps to integrate/optimize/orchestrate business processes to facilitate the business outcomes and build an effective digital ecosystem.

IT is an innovation engine of any business in the digital era: To equip people with the latest technology and information, visionary IT leaders re-imagine IT as an innovation hub, but an innovative IT can only happen if IT is regarded as a strategic business partner and given the role in catalyzing innovation and driving the business transformation.

IT needs to become the digital capability builder of the organization: Defining your enterprise business capability is part art and part science. Because business capabilities are fundamental pillars to achieve the corporate strategy, IT role is to enable the business to exceed customer expectations, increase profitability and maintain a competitive advantage. IT should provide innovative solutions to meet business needs.

IT as a business ‘Solutionary’: IT needs to understand how the organization works and then give solutions that will increase the functionality to lower cost. IT provides a progressive technology-driven business solution, from business enabler to digital  transformer, helps to shape up the high-performance organization at today's hyper-competitive environment.

IT as a business catalyst: IT can leverage the power of information and the efficiency of the latest technology to catalyze any organization to achieve their business goals and toning ecosystem. It has to enable the organization by increasing profits, reducing cost and increasing value for shareholders, customers or consumers, employees, and business partners.

IT as a conductor: IT as the information steward of the business needs to break down the silo and leverage the holistic digital enterprise platform to enhancing cross-functional communication, collaboration, and innovation in achieving customer-centricity or improving operational excellence, and orchestrate a digital symphony.


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