Does your company’s CIO act as a transformative force leading the charge, and bridging the gap between business and IT? Or does he or she act more like a soldier? The CIO is a powerful and influential position within an organization and should actively shape the direction of a business. In a recent Forrester report titled “The CIO’s Role In Business Transformation,” almost all present day business advancements and strategies are dependent on technology.
4 Types of CIOs For One Goal
The Forrester report suggests CIOs can be categorized as:
- Leaders of IT
- Change consultants
- Transformation leaders
Soldiers focus on implementations, leaders balance IT and business, changers consult with the business process, and transformers are involved in leading and running business transformations. Although there are four types, one CIO may fit into multiple categories. But no matter the type, the end goal of success is the same.
CIO Summit 2013
This week, at the CIO Summit 2013 in Singapore, CIOs and IT professionals will come together to discuss global trends and collaborate on various strategies; they’ll demonstrate the value that technology creates for companies to stay competitive.
Strategic planning and visibility is more important than ever as technologies improve and new pillars (Mobility, Cloud, Big Data and Social Media) start to dominate markets. The Summit may be designed for CIOs and IT executives, but do not underestimate the importance of ideas and collaboration that touch each part of a company. Tucking IT away in the support position keeps influential people from impacting decisions and contributing to the business in a way that others in a company may not have the resources to do.
It takes maneuvering and strategizing to fully realize the transformative leadership the CIO role has to offer. As Forrester knows, the stakes are high for them to make a difference—they might be the only ones who can.
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