Anyone reading this is no stranger to the cloud, but there’s’ a good chance even the most seasoned CIOs could use a bit more education on how to use the cloud to the best of its ability.
CIOs are being tasked with a litany of new responsibilities, from maintaining intra-office relationships to rolling out company-wide cloud capabilities. With all that change, it’s possible the role of the CIO isn’t needed — it may be time for the rise of the Chief Digital Officer, or CDO.
Times are changing, and so is the role of the CIO: Where once an executive was tasked with managing one IT department, today’s CIOs are being asked to do more externally. It’s an inevitability linked to the way IT now affects end-to-end business processes.
For CIOs looking to incorporate collaboration into the workplace, it may seem like a daunting task. Choosing a platform that’s right for both the workplace, the workers and the executive community may even seem impossible, but in reality, all it takes is a little strategy.
With 2012 coming to a close, CIOs should think about how and where to budget for 2013. But this time around, prioritizing resources for the future may require more foresight than a year’s time. We stand on the precipice of a mobile and cloud technology wave that will require more forward-thinking attitudes, such as thinking about how technology in the near-future will lay the foundation for the far-future.
Most CIOs likely view consumerization of IT with a sense of trepidation. Tablets beget security issues, smartphones beget data loss and most user devices are completely different from one another — it could be a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be.
CIOs who are worried about adopting cloud services, or simply concerned about the future of cloud technology, can exhale a small sigh of relief. A new CIO research survey took a look at cloud adoption and the relative success and hurdles adoption can bring. The findings are compelling: It turns out the cloud isn’t as scary as it seems.
It’s been said that change is one of the only certainties in life, aside from death and taxes, but adapting to change has never been more important than now. Cloud, mobility, social media and big data have all influenced the direction of the technology landscape, drastically reshaping old paradigms in little more than a year. Now, more than ever, the person who sits in the CIO’s seat must embrace that change.