Friday, July 13, 2018

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The “Digital Master” CIOs July 2018

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 on how to become the “Digital Master” CIO.


                            The “Digital Master” CIOs 

The “Digital Master” CIO More often than not, technology is the driver of business change and information is one of the most invaluable business assets of the company. Therefore, digital CIOs are born to change, regardless of which role they should play in which circumstance, they have to overcome change frictions and defeat many business challenges based on their ability to think profoundly, adapt promptly, plan dynamically, and execute assuredly. They need to keep developing their leadership strength and sharpening the management skills to become the “digital master.

Three Perspectives of the Digital CIO’s Dynamic Role? There are many roles to be served by an enterprise's IT leadership. Some of these are related to ensuring that the supply-side IT management issues are handled well such as developing IT-enabled business competency and others relate to the demand-side IT management such as building relationships with business managers and professionals; seeding ideas for IT-enabled business strategies and innovative uses of information & technology to maximize digital potential of the business. The role of CIO is the mirror of the business reputation - an innovator or a plumber; a strategist or an operator; a change agent or a controller, etc. Here are three perspectives of the digital CIO’s dynamic role.

A “Digital-holic” CIO Digital disruptions are inevitable, and digital transformation is unstoppable. Due to change nature of technologies and exponential growth of information, IT leadership role also has to be continually refined, refreshed and reenergized. Should contemporary CIOs become the “digital-holic” to reimagine the art of possible, leverage IT to advocate "digital first strategy," shape a full-fledged digital business by linking all digital aspects together to enforce value creation and drive digital transformation seamlessly?

The Digital Portrait of Modern CIO? In the world moves too fast, with the exponential growth of information, leadership, marketing, finance, technology, etc, are all intertwined. IT leadership is strategically important. What C-level executives really want is a partner that works both "on the business" and "in the business," not just "for the business"; someone who knows what they want before they know themselves; someone who can contribute to the top line business growth and long-term business strategy. Thus, the digital portrait of modern CIO is different from the traditional CIOs who often think and act as the tactical IT manager. The important thing is that digital CIOs as the top leadership role, must have the strategic mindset, interdisciplinary knowledge, unique personality, and a clear idea of what needs to be done, yet creative enough to not hold the company back from growth.

Three Concentrations of Digital CIOs? Digital IT is a paradigm shift in role, responsibility, and attitude. IT plays a crucial role in leading the digital transformation of the business. Your goals and objectives will be your drivers. IT needs to play different roles in the situation at hand, but also should stay focus on the most important things to ensure IT is value-added and become the strategic partner of the business.

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