Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Monthly CIO Debates Collection How to Run High-Mature IT via Self-Assessment Sep. 2016

Debating is not for stimulating conflicts, but for brainstorming better ways to do things.


Due to the changing nature of technology, IT leadership role also continues to involve and shift the focus, to move up the maturity level. More and more CIOs are requested to take more responsibilities and many CIOs present the breadth of leadership competency and the depth of the leadership insight. The proactive IT debates help IT leaders to brainstorm innovative and better ways to do things, and improve management capabilities. Here are the monthly CIO debates collections in Sep., 2016.


How to Run High-Mature IT via Self-Assessment Sep. 2016  

  • Why is IT so Reluctant to Look at itself?  With the rate of change is accelerated, it’s very important for contemporary organizations to continually do “self-reflection’ upon the business effectiveness, process efficiency, strength and risks, culture and brand etc. IT is a critical component of the business, commonly IT self-evaluation ability is a reflection on overall business culture within the whole organization. Some say IT is so reluctant to look at itself, is it true?

  • Is Business & IT Gap ‘Artificial’? The “gap” between business and IT is always a hot debate, and the conclusion is also controversial, some say, the gap is definitely shrinking, as IT is gradually becoming engrained into every aspect of business these days due to internet, technology developments etc. The clear cut divide that used to be there between IT and business in the olden days is vanishing fast; the opposite opinion is that indeed the gap is deepened because the “shadow IT”-business bypassing IT oversight to order SAAS service on their own, causes serious governance issue and communication gaps


  • Is IT still Triple-Puzzling: Costly, Complex, and Confounding? Year after year, the similar debates are spurred in CIO forums: What is the TCO on IT investment? What is the value added of IT service?  Does IT lack of cost transparency into initiatives. So is IT still triple-puzzling: Costly, complex and confounding?


  • Is IT at Cross-Road? IT organizations are facing significant transformation, perhaps crossroad is an appropriate word to articulate IT position since CIOs seem to fall into two camps. The first is the "utility" CIO who competently manages a complex technology infrastructure, but is not on the "go to" list for implementing the strategy. The latter is "value" CIOs who have delegated infrastructure management and well articulate how information and technology can accomplish the company strategic and tactical objectives. So what is next for CIOs beyond the crossroads? How can CIOs enable high performing organizations, and in return, their organizations leverage high-performing CIOs?


  • Why Has IT Been Perceived as the ‘Weakest Link? IT plays a more important role in the digital transformation of the organization. It is the superglue to connect both the hard elements of the business such as processes, platforms, technologies and soft elements of the organization such as information, knowledge,  culture and integrate them into a set of business capabilities, which underpin the business strategy. However, there is the perception gap between IT looks at itself and the business perceives IT. IT is often seen itself as a business enabler and change agent, but business often thinks that IT is slower to change and even be one of the “weakest links” for the business transformation. So why is IT not getting enough respect despite all good work and huge efforts were undertaken? Where does it link to improve IT brand? To deal with such a "He said, she said" dilemma: What are the different perspectives from each party, how to integrate them into a holistic IT view and reinvent the tarnished IT reputation?

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