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2 Imperatives for the Digital CIO

by Chris Curran on October 17, 2013 [email] [twitter]

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It’s been an exciting few years of football for my alma matter Texas A&M.  With the introduction of a new head coach came a new offensive scheme, known as the Air Raid, which is a type of spread offense noted for using many creative formations with receivers and different players in the backfield, short and long passes and a quick tempo.  Combined with a very quick and athletic quarterback, this is a very difficult offense to defend and can be very high scoring.  This allure has drawn many coaches and programs, college and pro, to this and similar styles of play, a big move from the smash mouth running games and West Coast offenses which have been the norm.  There is much disruption in the game of football but it is unclear what the “typical” football organization will look like when the dust settles.

This situation is very similar to the business world we live in now faced with the disruptions coming from emerging technologies.  Some companies are changing the way they work to try to capitalize on them while others are standing pat.  It will be interesting to see what successful organizations will look like when the dust settles.  One of the business functions most impacted from these disruptions is IT.

I was fortunate enough to share some thoughts at Oracle Open World a few weeks ago on how digital innovation is disrupting the world of the CIO and IT capability in organizations.  There are two imperatives that the Digital CIO has to put higher on his or her list:

  1. Forging Digital Conversations: deep, problem-solving relationships with leaders and peers across the organization, and
  2. Bringing the Outside In: systematic learning about and experimenting with innovations, ideas and technologies emerging from outside the 4 walls of the organization

These ideas are not to say that there aren’t many other competing priorities.  However, I believe that these 2 are critical to the role of the CIO of the future, as it rests on more collaboration, more advising and more learning and experimentation.

I hope you like the presentation and I’d be happy to share the deck with you and respond to comments.

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