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The Changing Role of the CIO: Adapt or Die

CIO: Career is Over?

One of the more pointed japes about what CIO means is “Career is Over,” But Matt Graham-Hyde believes that nothing could be further from the truth. The CIO is just as essential, but the role is being transformed, according to Graham-Hyde. He believes that major technology innovations demand that the CIO adapt appropriately—or perhaps that jape will become more of a fact than is comfortable.

What’s Changing, and How

Social Media, Big Data Analytics, Mobile and Cloud computing all represent big shifts in how technology and IT functions are dealt with inside of the business world. Whereas IT had exclusivity when it came to technology in the past, more and more CIOs are seeing that technology is permeating throughout the business (and, as it turns out, side-stepping the involvement of IT in the process). This shift will, if it not already is, change how the CIO conducts their business:

These technology shifts will disrupt every aspect of a CIO’s role. A CIO in any business, who ignores the impact that these technologies have, and ignores the fact that their role needs reinventing, is on a dangerous path.

Not everyone is going to agree with this point of view and there are still concerns over things like cloud governance, global performance, standards and the vendors themselves. This is especially true for the public based cloud computing and analytic style service businesses. Personally, I don’t share these concerns. In my experience, vendors such as Amazon and Google take these matters extremely seriously, they just have a different approach, but one that is no less rigorous or secure. Major international banks and organisations like the CIA have overcome these concerns.

Adapt or Die

In short, the way the world understands and utilizes IT is fundamentally changing, and if the CIO is willing to change with it, they will not be excluded from a major role in making sure these evolutions work in the most successful way. If instead, however, CIOs are unwilling to change their understanding of what a CIO is supposed to do, they might very well be left on the sidelines.

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About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid’s Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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