CIOs play a pivotal role in making a company future-proof. The key differentiator is that they think technology and processes from a strategic point of view that is based in the future. They also are key enablers that encourage teams to take ownership of their products or services. In this article at CIO, Myles F. Suer talks about how CIOs strive to build a future-proof organization.
Depending on CIOs, organizations define their technological advancement. Below are some of the viewpoints shared by market leaders on how organizations can be more futuristically stable.
- Taking Initiatives: While some CIOs do not think that passive followers of orders are bad for the company, the majority are against this behavior. Even if the first level managers find solutions to a problem, they hesitate to share with leaders. So, the business influencers must strive to build a bridge to prevent operational pileup. It is necessary to talk to the management in business language so that it trickles down to the lower levels.
- Innovation Matters: IT should be more than just delivering projects. CIOs must leverage teams to bring innovation to the table. Also, the technology initiatives should not be regarded as a cost center where companies do not realize benefits.
- Curbing Inhibitions to Get Results: A company can grow when people are open to change and new technologies. CIOs must convert IT into cross-functional teams that can take ownership and explore new technologies. Rather than addressing issues, IT should be proactive in planning and strategy-making and establish metrics to measure performance. To become credible in the eyes of stakeholders and clients, they must calculate and present the beneficial impacts the portfolios would make if implemented.
- Work Ahead: After winning over stakeholders and clients with potential business benefits, leaders need to understand the pulse of the customers and invest in customer-centric technologies that add values. They also require in-depth knowledge of market demands.
CIOs also need to know what the market influencers are saying and understand how actual use cases can be made from the popular technologies. They should consider both sides of the stories before concluding. Moreover, to come out as top players, CIOs must learn continuously.
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