CIO must lead change from industrial to digital economy

11 June 2013

As we move from an industrial to a digital economy, CIOs need to position themselves as leading change rather than trying to suppress what appears to be a user uprising - according to a recent CIO thought leadership event* organised by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

CIOs attending the event agreed that they are increasingly interested in contributing to business strategy. They recognise the need to work flexibly, enabling users to maximise productivity without compromising information security. They are also aware that they may need to broaden their existing skills in order to make them true digital leaders.

David Clarke, MBE, Group Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “In many respects the IT industry as we have known it is coming to an end. The CIO's role is becoming increasingly critical as they face the substantial task of bringing an industrial-era organisation - with its legacy technologies - into the digital economy.”

One of the most visible characteristics of the transitioning economy is the rise in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) which is seen as the first wave of an empowered user trend. Rather than fighting the trend, CIOs agree they have an opportunity to take a proactive approach to device management and embrace it.

David continues: “The CIOs relationship with the organisation’s leadership team has to evolve. Business leaders need to realise that CIOs have a role to play beyond technology management. In fact, in the digital economy, the CIO is well placed to be the CEO.”

*Organised by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as part of its Enterprise programme, the CIO Thought Leadership Event took place in London on 18 April 2013, and included CIOs from a variety of sectors. The BCS Enterprise programme brings together digital leaders to help enhance standards of professionalism and performance across the IT industry, enabling IT to drive outstanding business performance. BCS Enterprise 200 is a growing group that welcomes 21st century CIOs and CHROs to events, dinners and roundtables to discuss the key issues and challenges facing them and the industry.

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