IT News - CxO

From ride-alongs to reverse-embedded IT, CIOs are establishing new approaches to bridging the business-IT divide - and devising inventive strategies with business alignment top of mind.

"Do you wish business executives and IT could work together better, collaborating on projects and fully sharing information?" asks Minda Zetlin in CIO.

"If you're like most IT leaders, the answer is very much yes. The benefits of improved business-IT collaboration include things such as projects that better fit business goals, improved change management, and better buy-in for new initiatives.

Not only that, collaborating well with the business is a survival skill for today's technology leaders. In 2021, Gartner research showed that more technologists were being recruited for functions outside IT than within it, says Darren Topham, senior director analyst at Gartner. Meanwhile, with easy-to-use, cloud-based, no-code or low-code solutions readily available, tech-savvy business professionals can handle much of their own technology without any help at all..."

Are you ready to make the move to a big company? Better stretch yourself now to ensure you have what top-tier enterprises seek in a top-post IT leader.

John Edwards writes in CIO, "While many, perhaps even most, CIOs are content to head operations at a small- or midsize enterprise, others have loftier ambitions. These individuals wish to climb to the very top of the IT career ladder.

CIOs at major enterprises - particularly those with market capitalizations measured in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars - tend to be a different breed than their lower-level counterparts. IT chiefs at the largest enterprises are typically expected to possess knowledge and skills that may be minor, or even completely unnecessary, talents at smaller organizations..."

Amazon Cloud Services: 5 Things CIOs Should Know
The Enterprisers Project, April 26th, 2022
Exploring the many options and technologies around cloud services can be daunting. Navigate Amazon Web Services with this expert advice in mind

"The modern CIO doesn't really need an introduction to Amazon Web Services. To say that AWS is already well-known is an understatement," opines Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"IT leaders can still use a helping hand, however, in navigating the massive scope and scale of AWS while making sure their cloud strategy is tightly focused and aligned with business goals.

That's a taller task than it might first appear. AWS and other public clouds are called "hyperscale" clouds for a reason. Keeping up with the vast number of technologies and services available can become overwhelming. Moreover, adopting and using said technologies and services just because they exist doesn't promise any tangible results other than a bill..."

Research commissioned by Lenovo reveals CIOs are more involved than ever before in areas outside their traditional technology purview, such as business model transformation, corporate strategy, and sustainability

A new global research study from Lenovo[1] reveals how the CIO role has evolved, shedding light on growing areas of responsibility and increasing influence in the C-Suite, as well as removing barriers to business growth.

Today, technology is the nervous system that connects corporate strategy, finance, innovation, operations, and talent. CIOs are increasingly tasked with connecting with key stakeholders across the organization to ensure alignment and drive execution. With IT enmeshed in every facet of a business, CIOs believe that their organizations must continue to invest in digital transformation to remain relevant.

5 Habits Of A Successful CTO, April 27th, 2022
My name is Rohan Pinto and I have been a security and identity management expert for three decades.

Rohan Pinto writes in, "I'm a self-proclaimed 'cryptography nerd' who has developed and is responsible for a number of enterprises that take advantage of breakthroughs in blockchain and identity management. I hope to continue to show the world the amazing possibilities of well-implemented cryptographic systems. Today, I would like to share '5 Habits of a Successful CTO' that I learned from five of my favorite books..."

CIOs Have The Greatest Impact On Business
ComputerWeekly, April 28th, 2022
Chief information officers see their role as core in building out the IT and security infrastructure and talent pool that their organisations require to grow post-pandemic

"Three-quarters of the CIOs who took part in a recent survey by Lenovo believe they have a greater impact on their company's overall fortunes than other C-suite positions," writes Cliff Saran in ComputerWeekly.

"The study, based on a survey of 550 CIOs in companies with 250 or more employees across Brazil, China, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the US, found that the vast majority (88%) agree with the statement: 'My role as CIO is the most critical component of my company or organisation's continued operation.'..."

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