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Why Businesses Need CIOs Today More Than Ever

Cloud computing has been a hot topic of discussion in the business world today because of its great potential to lower business costs and drive innovation. However, is cloud computing really delivering these great assets? In an article for Forbes, Francois Lancon explores why businesses need a strong CIO to help navigate them through the sometimes overwhelming cloud computing forest.

CIO as Navigator

Scams and poor programs are plentiful, and unfortunately a myriad of business executives have fallen victim to the lure of poor cloud applications. Oftentimes, executives make the mistake of signing up for these programs and not retiring their preexisting ones, which means they are raking up twice the costs. It is also likely that these new systems are not working in sync with the others, so efficiency potential is not met.

According to Lancon, if companies wish to fully maximize the potential of cloud computing, “They need use the cloud to help them accelerate their competitive differentiators.” This is a very easy thing to accomplish, if the power is given back to the CIO.

Traditionally, CIOs were the “roadblocks” because they would always say no to new infrastructures. This led to the heads of the other business departments to simply go behind the CIO’s back and subscribe to systems, which meant that these systems were not cohesive with the rest of the business technology because IT knew nothing about them. The company would end up paying for and nurturing two systems that basically handle the same functions. Additionally, few business managers have given thought about the greater possibility that cloud computing could accomplish much greater things.

The role of CIO is changing in that the CIO is slowly being treated as an equal businessperson in the organization. Because of this, and the fact that the CIO can better manage costs and better articulate the organization’s digital journey, the cloud computing responsibilities should be given back to the CIO.

Lancon believes, “In order to retake control of IT, CIOs must take ownership of the company’s digital strategy and execution.” This means that CIOs should develop a roadmap for the digital endeavors and utilize cloud computing to support the vision. Once the CIO has control, he or she can begin to make better decisions about what systems to keep and which vendors are better matches.

At the end of the day, digital transformation is all about being “reliant upon the intelligent use of cloud services to reimagine how each part of the business operates and relates to the other parts.”

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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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