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Innovation for CIO's


The role of the CIO has changed in recent years; the IT department are now expected to drive innovation across the business. Yet, in a recent study, more than half of CIOs participating felt that technological change is happening too quickly for them to keep up. However, it’s easier than you might think.


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It is difficult to find another role in today’s business world that has changed as rapidly as that of the chief information officer (CIO). Only a few years ago the heads of information technology departments were mainly there to make sure the infrastructure a company needs to perform its ‘business as usual’ was in place and functional. But with the ever-growing importance of technology-driven innovation their role has changed fundamentally.

Not only has it become more diverse and challenging, CIOs now need to cover a whole lot more ground and stay on top of a rapidly changing field defined by quick shifts and advances. Above all, they are suddenly shouldering a much higher amount of responsibility.

The nature of the CIO position has changed substantially with rapid and successive developments altering the very fabric of the business world, making it the responsibility of the CIO to incorporate these new methodologies and applications into business.

This fundamental shift in the role of the CIO reflects the deep changes business environments undergo on many different levels. ‘The visual, social, virtual, and mobile transformations that are already happening are creating a new golden era of technology-enabled innovation, and the CIO needs to be leading the charge,’ says Daniel Burrus, CEO of Burrus Research(1).

The single most important factor in CIO personnel decisions is now what new, innovative solutions they can bring to the company. In stark contrast to the old image of the CIO as a dry IT-guy, s/he is now supposed to ‘wow’ the board with amazing schemes to facilitate company growth and performance.

Not all CIOs are up for this challenge. Recent surveys revealed that more than half of the CIOs participating in Gartner’s large-scale report Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda feel that technological change is happening too quickly for them to keep abreast.

The requirement to deliver both basic IT for an organisation while preparing it for new issues around big data, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and up-skilling workforces, will require a “bimodal” approach to IT.

‘Most organisations will require a two-speed approach’, says Gartner Fellow Dave Aron. ‘The first will remain as conventional IT with conventional vendor and approaches to things like risk and governance; and the second mode will be non-linear IT, with uncertainty and the need for innovation, collaboration and new skills(2).’’

What is becoming clear is that the mounting challenges at the crossroads between technology and business innovation are leaving CIOs in need of the right tools to enable positive change for their companies.


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Marcus Leathwood
Marcus Leathwood

Marcus Leathwood at Acuity Solutions