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Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
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pcalento011
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9/30/2013 | 3:15:18 AM
re: Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
Fragmented or embedded IT may actually create stronger centralized groups, especially given the impact of cloud computing, Big Data and mobile enterprise technology. That fragmentation is what actually creates the business awareness perceived to be lacking in many IT departments.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/27/2013 | 6:53:18 PM
re: Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
Thanks Andi. The CIO role is definitely coming to a crossroads. Cheers.
andimann
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9/25/2013 | 9:24:29 PM
re: Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
This is a great story Shane, I really appreciate the insight from you and these experts. The role of the CIO - indeed, of all IT - has to change as a response to new disruptive trends.

However, I disagree that this is just because technology is now "too important". IT has been critical for decades, that is not new. The big change is how accessible it is - the Consumerization of IT is really the core of this change. Behind this are new disruptions like cloud, mobile/BYOD, social, analytics, Internet of Things, devops, and more.

But I agree deeply with Mines that IT can no longer be a gatekeeper - it must be an orchestrator, and as he says, a trusted advisor in this new world. IT leaders are (should be) technology experts, and are incredibly well-positioned to demonstrate the value of that expertise, even (especially) to a newly tech-savvy business.

How CIOs can realistically adapt to this digital future - and drive incredible positive business outcomes as a result - by leveraging disruptive trends is a key focus in my latest book, The Innovative CIO; and the theme of my speech at the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando on Oct 8th. So this a very timely article for me! Thanks for writing it

Andi Mann
CA Technologies
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/20/2013 | 4:41:35 PM
re: Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
Right, that's another concern. Will CIOs lose further control as these "IT-related but not really IT" groups like developers and analytics gurus grow in importance? I think it becomes more essential that CIOs be great delegators and masters of relationships to keep from being marginalized.
D. Henschen
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9/20/2013 | 4:15:44 PM
re: Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
I'd the phenomenon of two levels of technologists has existing for a long time. I've covered analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing for a long time, and I'd say the front-end analytics and BI types are often part of groups other than IT. Even the data warehousing staff is sometimes apart from IT. What we're often seeing with cloud is line-of-business groups making their own choices about technology. That trend increasingly marginalizes IT as the "keeping the lights on" storage and server capacity department.


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