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Digital Priorities for the CIO in 2016

Change is imminent, but in today’s world change is additionally rapid. In 2016 the digital revolution is already leaving its whirlwind trademark on organizations. In an article for ZDNet, Dion Hinchcliffe elaborates on how the CIO can best reprioritize for the new digital age.

Changing the Platform

Every organization in every industry is being hit with a competitor that is pushing the digital norm and changing how business is handled altogether. Take for example Uber’s impact on the taxi industry. What is even more impressive is how quickly these changes are occurring. These digital businesses are defined by their low start-up and operational costs, as well as the improved customer experience they deliver.

According to Hinchcliffe, most IT organizations were designed for an entirely different era of operation, a time in the business-led technology innovation. Even today IT is still focused on operational concerns rather than technology innovation. In order for there to be a reprioritization in IT, there is going to have to be an entire shift in the way IT organizations handle things. Hinchcliffe asserts, “The old days of doing it all ourselves using traditional IT projects are receding and even counterproductive much of the time.”

The CIOs who understand how to create platforms for the things they need most are the ones who are going to succeed in this new digital world. A platform model that is a combination of old enterprise networking and a more decentralized center of excellence model is what will ultimately work best.

David Bray, FCC CIO, has shown how a strong bottom-up network of change agents creates greater innovation. Some other platforms that Hinchcliffe suggests CIOs to utilize include evidentiary business and technical leadership and an upgraded service platform. These all help to create a digital model of the business.

You can read the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/digital-priorities-for-the-cio-in-2016/

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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