How CIOs Can Lead a Digital Transformation

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-30-2016 Email

The majority of CIOs now perceive of themselves as their organization's primary driver of a business and IT transformation, according to a recent survey from Cognizant. The report, titled "Being Digital: How and Why CIOs Are Reinventing Themselves for a New Age," indicates that CIOs must make key contributions to strategic planning, while emerging as a "chief inclusion officer" who fosters an open culture of innovation. CIOs also need to take a hands-on role in leading digital programs/initiatives, while articulating clearly how these efforts contribute to company goals. And to ensure successful transformations, CIOs have to build a strong relationship of trust with their CEO. "Being digital will require a strong push from the CIO; it won't happen on its own," according to the report. "Concurrently, the dynamic between the CIO and CEO must change. The CIO needs to complete the shift to digital change agent, becoming a catalyst for business transformation, a true digital champion and a trusted advisor to the CEO … The CEO needs to adopt the role of venture capitalist, reading the needs of the marketplace, securing funding for promising initiatives and working with the CIO on a collaborative roadmap for digital maturity." A total of 200 North American CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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