Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Monthly CIO Debates Collection & “Digital IT” Book Tuning: A Set of Inquires of Running Strategic IT Nov. 2019

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 about envisioning digital IT leadership and running high-performance digital IT organizations.

            A Set of Inquires of Running Strategic IT 

IT Strategic Planning: How to Make It Right With continuous disruptions and fierce competitions, many IT organizations suffer from overloaded tasks and overwhelming growth of information. They encounter so many daily distractions that stop them from laser focusing on achieving strategic business goals. High performance CIOs should have knowledge and leadership influence to demonstrate IT as strategic business competency. They need to build a good strategy which is an integral component of the business strategy, based on the circumstances that will allow the highest probability of IT management success. But more specifically: How to make IT strategic planning right?

Does Your IT Organization Lack of “Strategic Bone”There is no doubt that IT plays a critical role in both improving bottom line business efficiency and top-line revenue growth. However, there is no "one size fitting all" magic formula on how to run the IT organization as a strategic partner and a revenue generator. Different IT organizations and enterprise as a whole are at a different stage of business maturity. The role of CIO is the mirror of the business reputation as an innovator or a plumber; a strategist or an operator; a change agent or a controller, etc. Lack of “strategic bone” is perhaps one of the root causes of diminishing IT influence and keeping IT irrelevant for the long run.

How to Make Strategic IT Workforce Planning
 Workforce management is an important process which underpins the organization’s collective human capability and differentiated business competency. With fast-paced changes, hyper-diversity, exponential growth of information, and fierce competitions, the workforce planning and management has to become highly analytical and systematic.

Why Should IT be Considered in the BoD’s Agenda? Many organizations are on the journey of digital transformation which represents the next stage of business maturity and will improve how the enterprise works and interacts with its digital ecosystem. An effective board plays a critical role in steering changes and ensuring the business is on the right track to reach well-defined business goals. Organizations rely more and more on information & technology, why should IT be considered in the BoD’s Agenda? What are important oversights the board can offer about Information & Technology?

Can CIOs Create “Blue Ocean” to Run a Digital Business? Now, Information is permeating into every corner of the business and IT is impacting so many business activities at the organization, CIOs can no longer hide in the corner to run an isolated organization, they need to have a holistic view of the business from a senior business leader’s perspectives and to provide the added value of abundance of information and emerging business technologies. More importantly, they should create or explore the “blue ocean” to run a highly innovative digital business.

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