CIOs must Communicate & Lead the Strategic Technology Vision with their C-suite Peers

Today consumer and business digital technology demands require CIOs to ask themselves this key question: How do I help grow the business in an increasingly connected ecosystem where companies are struggling to ensure they stay cutting-edge with rapidly evolving consumer preferences for digital technologies?

A growing fundamentally sound organization today needs to value their IT team as a strategic partner and asset to their overall direction for future success.  The CIO and the IT team needs to be an equal partner and have an equal voice in all strategic decisions that the company makes.

Here are CIO Recommendations for their Organizational Leadership

Avoid Over Selling New Tech: Companies accumulate several different technology platforms and applications over time. But sometimes senior executives seek to purchase new technology that performs the same functions of existing systems.  It’s vital on the CIO to ask their internal business partners to consider the business problem that they’re trying to solve, and suggest existing assets, rather than buying into the hype that surrounds that platform.  IT leadership should always ask – How does this new product technology make a difference for this company? It’s also vital that the CIO review the implementation to determine its return on investment. Far too often, companies say they will do this, but it falls by the wayside as other priorities begin to take resource time from the IT team.

Support the Business, through Process Improvement & Continuous Change: A word tossed around freely these days, “agile” has meaning beyond developer operations. A forward thinking CIO strategy should be to avoid investing in “capped apps,” or those that lack growth potential.  If you want to be a growth company you have to spend as much time on the revenue conversation as you do on the cost containment.

Communicate the Cloud Strategy: Communicating a cloud strategy is harder than it sounds, because as companies migrate from several physical systems to virtualized systems, with more operating systems and applications running on fewer boxes. IT Leaders need communicate to senior peers the considerable cost-savings of converting to the cloud.  At the same time, explain to IT staff who have spent their careers managing servers that their role will be less important in the future, an unenviable but necessary conversation.

Develop & Drive a Mobile-first Strategy: No doubt, migrations to the cloud are crucial, because the services provide a next-generation platform with which businesses will support their customers. But at the same time, Mobile has become king, as consumers expect to procure goods and services from smartphones, tablets and, increasingly, wearable devices. That requires drastic changes in the way companies write and deliver code and tech solutions.  Mobile software is developed iteratively and constantly refined and new Mobile Applications and Technologies need to be assessed and integrated into the organizational infrastructure going forward.

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