Riding the cloud and digitization trend, CIOs have put to bed the taunting acronym definition of “Career Is Over” with an increased ability to demonstrate business value by supporting the tolls that drive productivity and protect one of the modern company’s most valuable assets – its data. Keeping up with the vast amount of SaaS applications in the workplace requires a proactive, dynamic role for IT. Victor Fetter from LPL Financial shared an article on how CIOs can foster the culture of urgency necessary to react rapidly and efficiently to employees’ needs. Cloud service providers like Microsoft are investing resources in building out APIs to accommodate the rise in real-time monitoring tools.
— Victor Fetter (@vpfetter) May 7, 2015
Validation for the increased value placed on rock-star CIOs can be found in the steady stream of headlines announcing companies poaching IT leaders. Top CIOs are in high demand, with significant movement across organizations and industries in the past year. This makes the article shared by Jonah Kowall of AppDynamics very timely. Of the tips for new CIOs, one stands out as particularly accurate and often overlooked. Rallying support for initiatives is a key soft skill for CIOs. IT projects are doomed to live as “shelfware” without buy-in from business users and stakeholders across an organization. There’s a reason Equinix CIO Brian Lillie’s nickname is Coach Lillie.
— Jonah Kowall (@jkowall) May 5, 2015
Peter Campbell, CIO at the Legal Services Corporation, illustrates this role perfectly. By soliciting user input early in the process, Campbell sets his initiative up for success and longevity down the line.
Just invited 70 co-workers to attend software demos. Key to ROI on system investments is having staff in selection process.
— Peter Campbell (@peterscampbell) May 7, 2015
The key to staying relevant lies in adapting to changes in the way employees work. Neil Pearce, former CIO at organizations including Vodafone and BP, classifies the trends CIOs need to keep up with. These patterns change quickly, so guidance on how to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trend should be welcome.
— Neil Pearce (@neiljpearce) May 6, 2015
The grand payoff in return for any extra stress or headaches is a place at the table, offering visibility for IT at the CEO and board level. Stephen diFilipo from Cecil College shows that the priorities of CEOs are aligning with CIO projects. The top three emerging technologies that CEOs consider important are mobility, data, and security. CIOs would be wise to keep an eye on priorities from all levels of the organization, from business units to the CEO.
— Stephen diFilipo (@S_dF) May 7, 2015