Monday, June 1, 2020

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: Contemporary CIOs as “Big Picture Thinker” June 2020

Due to the complex nature of the technology and exponential growth of information, digital CIOs must master multidimensional thinking and build multi-level professional capabilities. 

Compared 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 is a set of blogs for brainstorming unconventional CIOs and reinvent IT to get digital ready.


   Contemporary CIOs as “Big Picture Thinker”

Contemporary CIOs Think as “Chief Enterprise Architect” The breadth and depth of IT management include people management (talented people with skills and capabilities), process management (workflow, process effectiveness & efficiency), organizational architecture design, IT portfolio management, and performance management.

Three Strengths in Contemporary CIOs Perhaps today’s CIOs can be categorized into three buckets: IT specialists who come from technology ranks; business generalists who have experience in business functions or certificated gurus who hold both technology and business degree; however, there are no statistics showing one category of CIOs perform extremely better than others, thus, beyond background, which strengths shape a modern CIO, and what are key characteristics of an effective CIO?

Is Digital CIO the System Thinker Who can Understand Pattern Language The digital organization is the system. System = Pattern. The systematic view of Information Technology helps the management understand IT as a living system with a set of interdisciplinary practices for moving the business to a dynamic, iterative, integral, and interactive digital flow. Thus, digital CIOs need to be the systems thinkers who can recognize pattern languages, understand the art and science of IT, practice engineer discipline, and add a more enriched digital context for the paradigm shift.

What are the Most Important Skills for the CIO of the Future? IT is at the cross-road, shall it continue to be run as the cost center to keep the light on, or should it move up the maturity level –to become the value creator or even a game-changer for the business? If so, what are the most important business skills for the CIO of the future? What are the important technical skills for the CIO of the future? What are those synthetic capabilities or unique skills which can differentiate a modern digital CIO from a traditional industrial CIO?

CIOs as “Chief Influence Officer”: The CIO’s Triple Digital influence Due to the complex nature of the technology and exponential growth of information, digital CIOs must master multidimensional thinking and build multi-level professional capabilities. The successful CIOs need to not only know the IT side of knots and bolts but also have to understand the business’s pains and gains. The priority for CIOs is to genuinely position IT as an integral and inseparable part of the business, to improve overall business effectiveness, agility, and maturity via practicing triple digital influence.

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