In order for a digital transformation to take place, all aspects of the business first must be digital. A true transformation will not occur unless all departments are on board for a complete digital overhaul.
Understandably, this is a huge undertaking and an appropriate and capable leader must lead the charge. This leader must understand the ins and outs of the organization’s data and know how to keep it secure, while still easily accessible to those approved to utilize it. Without a doubt, the ideal leader to lead an organization through this process is the CIO.
The recent shift in the digital business landscape now showcases the CIO as both a digital strategist and encouraging leader. It has become clear that the CIO is the natural fit in the company-wide overhaul towards digital transformation.
Strategic leadership of the CIO
CIOs have the right mindset in order to stay competitive – while still remaining flexible – in a business world that is moving faster than ever. The skillset of a CIO should be fully utilized by allowing him or her the opportunity to brainstorm and set key strategy.
CIOs also have the necessary knowledge to know what tools are needed to best implement an action and when is the ideal time to execute that action. If anything, it appears that it is up to the CIO to hurry up the process of the digital transformation.
According to Myles Suer, a business strategist, “CIOs are now business leaders versus technology leaders. This is a huge step forward. But now that this has occurred, CIOs need to take the mantle and help speed up the pace of innovation.”
The CIO is responsible for gathering goods and commodities at their lowest price possible so that the company can use that savings towards things that really matter. CIOs have the discipline needed to stay focused when concerning company goals like these, which sets a great example for employees.
An additional characteristic that CIOs possess is an in-depth knowledge of business strategies and IT. Being a master of these two traits combine to create the ideal leader towards the digital transformation.
The CIO’s creative digital strategy
Even though the CIO role is traditionally more engineering focused, the more modern, ideal CIO is more well rounded. Today’s CIO is all about balance and knows how to embrace higher communication and marketing skills, while still maintaining their traditional CIO traits.
By being masters at embodying these key characteristics, CIOs have repeatedly showcased themselves as excellent examples to the rest of their companies. The modern CIO is able to maintain focus, consistency, and discipline to achieve company goals.
An effective way of organizing
The modern CIO will succeed at leading his or her company towards the digital transformation since CIOs are masters at planning. Oftentimes, CIOs will look past the set schedule and will instead search for more cost effective, time efficient ways to reach company goals.
When it comes down to it, CIOs excel at searching for avenues that ensure a return on investment since they understand its grave importance. The ideal CIO also knows that to allow IT to make company goals attainable, the ever-widening skills gap must be lessened.
According to Electric Lightwave, a business communications company:
“CIOs must identify the skill gaps in their organizations and plan to add resources to fill the gaps. They must also provide for continued training and development of existing resources…. Today’s IT professional must also effectively communicate and problem solve with employees from different departments and executives as well.”
In sum, the modern CIO will not only heighten a company’s digital systems but will also elevate the quality of employees working at the company. This style follows a traditional top-down strategy that works to motivate exemplary employees while removing excess efforts and resources.
What is becoming clear is that a digital transformation can only be successfully accomplished with a complete overhaul of IT, and the CIO is the ideal leader to take on this challenge.
Digital innovation led by the CIO
CIOs are fully capable of lighting the spark needed to lead a company towards digital innovation. By fully integrating – or at least partially integrating – business systems into a digital format, the CIO is well on his or her way towards guiding the company towards a more competitive, successful future.
Additionally, following these principals puts the overall company in a good place to be more creative and innovative. While always having an underlying focus on technology and innovation, the CIO will be able to lead the charge to develop and execute new technologies that will help the company meet goals with ease.
There is no question that within recent years the business landscape has greatly changed. According to i-Scoop, a digital marketing company, “look at how the increasing focus of CIOs on the business is entirely changing the IT industry where vendors become service providers, outsourcing is on the rise, and the whole ecosystem is changing. Look at how demands for hybrid, agile, and fast solutions affect literally any business domain and part of business ecosystems, including all partners.”
While there seems to have been an overwhelming amount of support of the CMO leading towards the digital transformation, this new shift in business puts everything in a new light. The CIO brings a fresh focus on innovation and is the ideal leader for leading a company towards a digital transformation and achieving its goals.
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