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