We keep hearing that technology is changing the world. This is true. Everything changes, and to survive continual change is a fundamental requirement of all businesses. Consequently, describing how changes in technology can make the difference to a business is a fundamental requirements for CIOs, but they must explain it in business language. This means that CIOs need to understand their company’s business culture and environment before determining the best approach to solving organisational issues.
IT strategic planning – the next 5 years or 500 days?
A number of discussions arose from my last blog series on CIO Dialogues regarding the future of business IT Strategies both in the private and public sectors. Many CIOs raised concerns about disruptive technologies (in particular Software Defined “things”) are changing the CIO role and its ability to continuously provide the right, effective services back to the business. It is apparent that no matter in what industry you are in, everything is moving at a faster pace than ever before – and with less predictability. Consequently, CIO’s can no longer develop their traditional five-year IT plans and be relatively safe in their “predictions.” Today they need to move faster than ever whilst ensuring a stable technological infrastructure for their business. This means they can only think in terms of “near-future IT strategies” – 12-18 months maximum (about 500 days).
At a number of the conferences and seminars I’ve attend recently there has a number of discussions about the role of the Chief Digital Officer. There seems little consensus on...