CIOs have been focusing on using disruption to transform the business and drive value.
CIOs have been focusing on using disruption to transform the business and drive value. However, many have failed to disrupt themselves. The IT function is in need of an innovation and insights leader to make sense of the immense amount of information flooding businesses. In an interview with CIO Dive, I spoke about the role of the transformational CIO based on results from the 2018 Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey.
With disruption adding complication to the job, CIOs must hand off some of their responsibilities and also place trust in cloud and technology partners. According to the survey, CIOs are shifting their position from one of control to one of influence to help navigate the uncertain environment. They are beginning to bring forward shadow IT, creating an environment that enables distributed IT while maintaining governance.
The title of the CIO may even disappear as the functions and responsibilities of the role continue to change. The CIO and chief digital officer (CDO), for instance, could combine into a single technology executive role.
Technology is no longer an enabler, it is business strategy, and CIOs that fail to recognize and act upon this will be left behind.
For more insights from the 2018 Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey, download the full report here.