Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sum Up: The Most Popular Blogs about IT Leadership 2018

The digital portrait of modern CIO is different from the traditional CIOs who often think and act as the tactical IT manager. 

The prominence of the CIO role has risen greatly as IT has become an increasingly important success factor of the digital organization. The CIO position has a shorter history, but a more dynamic role to play due to the continuous changes in information and technology. Compare to the other executive positions, the CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented and reenergized.

Three Perspectives of the Digital CIO’s Dynamic Role? 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.

The Contemporary CIO’s Digital Innovation Agenda? Digital is the age of innovation. Innovation, in general, is surely a management discipline. IT shouldn’t act as a controller only, limit the business’s creativity. To keep relevant, IT has to shift its reputation from a cost center to the innovation hub of the organization. In fact, IT plays a crucial role in expanding the creative side of the business, and scale the innovation effect of the organization. The contemporary CIO's responsibilities are to understand the business's collaboration needs and innovation demand today and into the future, in order to build an IT-led digital innovation agenda which covers innovation management, knowledge, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, people-centricity, and it is closely related to several other disciplines as well.

Insight, Innovation, and Influence of Modern Digital IT The exponential growth of information, the wave of emerging digital technologies and the tide of “digital transformation” are creating new opportunities for the business to grow and mature. Forward-looking organizations begin to see IT as an integral part of the business, empower IT to lead changes and learn how to strike the right balance between “old” and “new” way to do things. Here is insight, innovation, and influence of modern digital IT organization.

CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer”: How to Peel Through IT Digital Maturity from Different Angles Technology is pervasive and information is permeating into almost every corner of the business. Business initiatives today nearly always involve some form of technology implementation or information refinement. What we are seeing now is the further extension of these earlier phases of computing. We have more computing power, hyper-connectivity, abundant data, greater potential empowerment of the knowledge workforce, etc. Thus we need to brainstorm the better way to lead and manage. Many think the new way of running the business is the management through Information Technological lens; leading organizations across the industrial sectors claim they are in the information management business. To improve long-term business competency, how can CIOs peel through IT digital maturity from different angles?

The CIO’s Inquiries about IT Digital Readiness With the exponential growth of information and continuous digital disruptions. Ideally, no matter which role IT plays to meet the needs of the organization at the different stage of the business lifecycle, it needs to remain indispensable because the enterprise's dependence on IT will only increase. Leading CIOs should make an objective assessment of IT strength and weakness, managing company performance and maximizing business potential. Here are three CIO’s inquiries about IT digital readiness.

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