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5 Things CIOs Need to Lead Digital Transformation

Every year is the year of digital transformation. In an article for TechRepublic, Jason Hiner recaps analyst Darin Brumby’s session at Gartner Zone Theater on what CIOs need to lead digital transformation. He narrows it down to five things:

  1. Embrace an extended role overseeing all technology enterprise-wide.
  2. Create and deliver blended strategies.
  3. Strengthen and extend CIO influence, power, and governance.
  4. Drive innovative talent acquisition.
  5. Expand flexibility and impact of CIO leadership style.

Evolve on the Regular

Since this is Gartner we’re talking about, Hiner says to seek the new model of bimodal leadership. CIOs not only need to control traditional IT but advise the rest of the organization on the digital projects that they want to experiment with. This presents the company with opportunities to expand their digital capabilities.

It is not necessarily out with the old and in with the new when it comes to improving IT. Rather, it’s a mixture of incorporating traditional IT processes and procedures with new innovative ones. Don’t let yourself be tied down to the past. But don’t just throw caution to the wind and go off the radar either. “Better yet, blend IT and business plans into experiments that can lead the way in the company and create a win-win,” said Hiner.

Strengthening and extending CIO influence, power, and governance is essential and can be done by evaluating what you want to be known for. As well, instead of being viewed at as an “operations and infrastructure jockey,” seek to be more consultative and helpful to your peers in the leadership ranks. Likewise, be understanding of their challenges, and offer digital solutions that are worth considering and/or be a sounding board for their digital plans.

Use innovative and new age ways to acquire talent. This can be done through webcam interviews, social media advertisements, and mining through LinkedIn connections for potential candidates. Lastly, no one is saying to completely wreak havoc by giving away all control, but it is important to change the culture of IT to become far more flexible. Don’t just accept ambiguity, but create it, says Brumby. Give room to experiment. “We don’t need to own people to lead people.”

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About Melissa Colon

Melissa is a staff writer for AITS, with a background in journalism. She has previously written for York Dispatch and York Daily Record.

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