Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The Digital CIO’s Best & Next Practices June 2018

CIOs need to keep eyes on what happens today, also be focused on what is next.

Compare to the other executive positions, the CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented and reenergized. The magic “I” of the CIO title sparks many imaginations and modern CIOs need to wear different hats and play multiple roles. Here are a set of blogs to brainstorm a set of digital CIO’ best and next practices.



              The Digital CIO’s Best & Next Practices

The CIO’s Three “Always” Practices to Refine Digital IT Leadership Nowadays, Information permeates everywhere in today's enterprise and technology makes continuous disruptions across industrial sectors. IT leadership holds the keys to making the company more efficient and effective and implementing processes and procedures that drive the company to the next level of business maturity. IT transformation means rationalizing current IT department and planning to partner with the business to provide tailored services and solutions in new ways. CIOs need to keep eyes on what happens today, also be focused on what is next. Here are CIOs’ three “always” practices to refine digital IT leadership.

CIOs as “Chief Innovation Officer”: What are Your Innovation Leadership Digital Principles & Practices? Innovation is the management process to transform novel ideas to achieve their business value. At the heart of innovation is the lifecycle of idea generation, interaction, selection, and learning. Due to the fact that innovating in today’s digital world has become increasingly complex in nature, organizations can no longer rely on a single individual or team to drive innovation. Innovation management requires much deeper whole systems and taking emergent, generative, iterative, integrative, and holistic approaches. Information is one of the most time-intensive pieces of innovation puzzle and technology is the disruptive force behind digital innovation. CIOs as “Chief Innovation Officer”: What are your innovation leadership digital principles and practices?

The Digital CIOs’ Digital Practices Uncertainty and ambiguity are key challenges for business leaders today, it implies that digital leaders must leverage information and technology to capture the business insight and adapt to changes, learn how to strike a balance between managing complex issues today and predicting uncertain issues of tomorrow. To keep IT relevant, IT organizations must move from a technology-driven back-office function to become an information-oriented digital engine. IT should focus on doing things matter today for its business, also lift the vision on the horizon for the long-term business prosperity. Digital CIOs need to follow digital principles and develop the best and next practices to improve digital fluency and overall business maturity.

The CIO as “Chief Innovation Officer”: Is Innovation your Daily Leadership Practice? Nowadays, many people and organizations are talking about innovation, but very few practice creativity persistently and manage innovation effectively. When everyone just follows the industry best practices to run IT for “keeping the lights on,” there is no way IT can stand out. The challenge is getting out from the daily burdens and spends more resources and time on innovation-related activities. The CIO as “Chief Innovation Officer” should ask themselves: Is innovation your daily practice? How can you encourage creativity and inspire innovation?

The Monthly Insight of “Digital Maturity”: The Practices and Perils for Reaching the High-Level Digital Maturity Feb. 2018? Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology, both horizontally and vertically. Digital becomes the very fabric of high performing business, being outside-in and customer-centric is the new mantra for forward-looking and high mature digital organizations today. At the heart of digital, it is people and how to build a customer-centric organization. More specifically, what is the characteristic of digital business maturity?

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