Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Monthly Digital CIO Spotlight: The Digital CIO’s Profile and Persona 2017

Modern CIOs have many personas and face great challenges.

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. What are the digital CIO’s profiles and personas for leading changes effortlessly? Here is the monthly spotlight of the CIO.      
 The Digital CIO’s Profiles and Personas 2017

  • Digital CIOs as Business Strategists and Artistic Technologists?At the industrial age, CIOs are often perceived as the technology geek or the back office technician to keep the lights on, and most IT organizations are struggling to align with the business, get stuck at the lower level of maturity for keeping things functioning. Nowadays, the lightweight digital technologies become more mature, IT is striving to integrate with the business, and IT has to move up its maturity from functioning to firm to delight. Thus, digital CIOs need to be the business strategist and artistic technologist for running high-innovative, high-performance, and high-mature digital organization.  
  • What kind of IT leaders are on demand?The digital business landscape is only becoming more complex due to varied factors such as increasing speed of changes, velocity, complexity, unpredictability, etc. Regardless of which industry or the nature of organization you are in, from IT management perspective, being a digital master will need to master the art of creating unique, differentiating business value from piles of commoditized technologies and the sea of information. And it is in this context that organizations build business verticals within to manage the complexity and improve organizational responsiveness and performance. So the logical concerns could be: What kind of IT leaders are on demand?
  • Is Digital CIO a Specialist or a Generalist? Contemporary CIOs are top leadership roles, leadership is about future and changes, innovation and progression. Modern CIOs have many personas and face numerous challenges. It is not sufficient to only keep the lights on. The CIO leadership maturity is based on the art of persuasion and the science of disciplines, the power of knowledge and the profundity of multidisciplinary understanding. So, should digital CIOs be the technology specialists or the business generalists in order to lead effectively?

  • CIOs as the Proactive Digital Champion: Due to the disruptive nature of technology and overwhelming growth of information, IT leaders seem to be always in the hot seat, they have to continue reinventing themselves and IT organization to ride above the learning curve and get digital ready. Digital CIOs are one of the most sophisticated leadership roles in contemporary businesses today. As they are leading one of the most complex and dynamic functions of the business, and managing one of the most intelligent groups of digital professionals in the organization. CIOs have so much more on their plate now than before, and in most circumstances, it would be excellent for the job. Forward-looking organizations are empowering their IT leaders to drive digital transformation from the front and lead changes seamlessly.

  • CIOs’ Three Personas to Enforce Leadership Influence? Due to the changing nature of digital, the omnipresence of technology and the exponential growth of information, IT plays a crucial role in leading changes and driving digital transformations. The IT leadership role also continues to be re-imagined, refined, refreshed, and re-energized. Today’s CIOs have multiple roles to play and take broader leadership responsibilities in transforming their organizations. Here are three digital personas for CIOs to enforce their leadership influence.

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