Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Monthly CIO Debates Collection: Bridging the Gaps between Business and IT Dec. 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 & shift the focus, to move up the maturity level. More and more CIOs are requested to take more responsibility and many CIOs present the breadth of leadership competency. 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 for Dec. 2016.


  • Business vs. IT the battle rages on --Where do you stand? We perpetuate the "two solitudes" of IT and the business when we use the very term "IT and the business," and even more so when we use the term "vs" or, of course, that old chestnut "aligning IT with the business." IT is embedded in almost everything we do today and will become increasingly so.


  • 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 the 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.


  • How Should CIO respond to endless internal customer demand for IT solutions? Modern IT needs to both take care of internal customers by meeting their needs, and to delight end customers by optimizing digital touch points; it has to both map out the strategic projects, but also to keep the lights on. How should CIOs prioritize the limited time and resources to ascend IT maturity, and how should CIOs respond to endless internal customer demand for IT solutions?  

  • Is the Gap between Business and IT Shrinking? IT is better integrated with the business than ever before. However, IT remains quite distinct in terms of performance metrics, structure, career path, etc. There are still numerous debates about “He said, She said” in CIO forums, Is the gap between business and IT shrinking?

  • Is Business the IT Sponsor or the Champion? Modern IT needs to both take care of internal customers by meeting their needs, and to delight end customer by optimizing digital touch points; it has to both map out the strategic projects, but also to keep the light on. How should CIOs prioritize the limited time and resources to ascend IT maturity, and how should CIOs respond to endless internal customer demand for IT solutions?


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