Monday, February 12, 2018

The Monthly CIO Debates Collection: What’re Digital Attitude and Aptitude of IT Organization Feb. 2018

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 better ways to do things and improve management capabilities. Here are the monthly CIO debates collections for brainstorming the digital attitude and apititude of IT organization.



Why Is so Hard for Running IT “Out of the Comfort Zone” Technology is pervasive, information is growing exponentially. Business transformation or change initiatives today nearly always involves some form of information and technology. All forward-thinking organizations across the industries claim they are in the information management business. To adapt to the increasing speed of changes, organizations have to be more nimble about updating technology and managing information effectively. Hence, IT organizations today can no longer get stuck at the lower level of maturity to keep the lights on only or get struggling to make an alignment with the business. Digital IT organization must get “out of the comfort zone,” to explore better ways of running IT as a trusted business partner, proactive change agent, and hyper-connected innovation hub. "Continual improvement" is the IT mantra in the digital era.

Is IT a Building Block or a Roadblock to Digital Transformation?
Nowadays technologies make impacts on every vertical industry sector and information permeates into every corner of the organization. IT is becoming more critical strategically, and the building blocks of the business competency. But still, there are discrepancies between how IT evaluates its own influence & performance and how IT is perceived by business partners and customers. Sometimes, business partners think IT is lagging behind the change curve, and they see IT as a drag on innovation. Even IT should be the irreplaceable building block of differentiated organizational capabilities, businesses perceive IT as the roadblock. So, how can IT turn around these negative perceptions and build a strong reputation as a change agent, innovation engine and driving force of digital transformation?

Is your IT Organization in the Surviving, Striving or Thriving Mode?
Organizations large or small are on the journey of digital transformation. IT plays an important role in leading changes. There is no one size fits all formula to run a highly effective IT, because, different IT organizations and enterprise as a whole are at the different stage of business maturity, IT can be used as a support desk, a tool, an enabler, catalyzer, or a digital platform to meet the ultimate goal of an organization's short, medium, or long-term strategic plans. CIOs as “Chief Improvement Officer,” can you make an objective assessment whether your IT organization is in the surviving, striving or thriving mode? And how to transform IT from a cost center to a revenue generator and innovation hub?

How to Transform IT from a Cost Center into a Profit Creator? In most cases, the IT department isn't producing anything that is saleable and, therefore, many in the organization will view IT as something that seems to ceaselessly suck up money with the little-perceived return. First and foremost, a CIO needs to show that IT isn't just a cost center but is a deliverer of value, what’re the effective approaches in doing so?

IT as Frontrunner in Business Transformation?
Organizations large and small are heading to digital transformation; IT has been pushed out of its comfort zone as back office and become a frontrunner in business transformation. Why is the CIO asked to do so much in what is essentially a business initiative- Business Transformation? Is IT ready or what’s the competitive advantage for IT to play such a critical role? Will CIOs turn to be ‘scapegoat’ when things go wrong?


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