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Destination Digital: Exploring the Hybrid Role of Tomorrow’s CIO

Category : Digital Strategies

Why the Chief Information Officer is also becoming the Chief Innovation Officer


There are plenty of hot topics around infrastructure at the moment: autonomics, IoT, cloud, software-defined storage. There’s no shortage of emerging technology trends to blog about.

However, when thinking about what to write in this week’s post, I wanted to put myself in the shoes of today’s CIO who is being bombarded with briefings, discussions, papers, and predictions about these every single day. That must surely be a headache when there are also so many immediate, day-to-day demands to manage.

So I’d like to offer a slightly different perspective. We have recently written an explorative piece, which you can read here, on the future role of the CIO. It centers on how to manage the CIO’s traditional responsibilities for information with their growing focus on innovation. Or, to put it another way, how to achieve balance in a world of Hybrid IT.

It provides a useful summary of how we’ve got to where we are today, with digital playing such a huge role across both personal and professional lives, and what that means for the future of traditional IT infrastructures. Some of the topics we cover include:

  • How global and societal changes have contributed to a generational shift where the consumer now strongly influences new business models

  • How the end-user experience is now the barometer of success for businesses and CIOs

  • How today’s disruption of business models will become tomorrow’s normality

  • How the CIO of the future will need to manage a hybrid portfolio of traditional IT and agile services

We’ve included some useful guidance for those who want to create a culture of innovation without compromising the role of their legacy systems. And we’ve analyzed the drivers of digital transformation to consider where this is taking us in the future. So if you’re interested in what a consumer-focused IT infrastructure might look like, or you’re wondering what impact cognitive computing might have on your workforce, I encourage you to have a read.

It’s my intention for these posts to be of practical assistance, and I’m confident you’ll be able to apply some of this thinking into your IT strategy. So please take a look at the paper, and leave a comment below if you have any feedback or questions. 


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