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How CIOs Can Lead a Digital Transformation

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-30-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The ability to build a relationship and trust with the CEO is extremely important to a CIO’s journey to business influencer and digital ambassador.
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    89% of survey respondents feel that the CIO is now a key contributor to business strategies.
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    90% said the CIO should be a "chief inclusion officer" who promotes an open and innovative culture.
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    88% said that hands-on experience in leading digital programs and initiatives is the best way to become a digital CIO.
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    84% said a CIO must articulate a clearly defined digital strategy for a successful digital transformation.
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    82% said that a CIO must understand the business benefits of various digital programs for a successful digital transformation.
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    62% said the need to build relationships and trust with the CEO is "extremely" important.
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    85% said that marketing is increasingly becoming digital, requiring tech interface.
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    79% said the customer experience is largely shaped by digital tech.
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    82% said that business experience matters greatly for digital CIOs, and 78% said the same about cross-industry experience.
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    86% said an IT degree is required to secure a career as a CIO, and 83% said business management education should be required.
 

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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