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The CIO renaissance: From the backroom to the boardroom

Ron Totton, Managing Director of Southeast Asia, BT Global Services | March 24, 2015
Ron Totton, Managing Directorof Southeast Asia,BT Global Services, takes a look at the role of the CIO amid unprecedented change and digital disruptionin the industry

However, although the overwhelming majority of respondents (92 per cent) agree that working with such vendors encourages the CIO to be creative, only four in ten(38 per cent) say that their CIO actually approaches vendors to brainstorm and conceptualize creative solutions.

There is significant room and potential for CIOs and vendors to collaborate more in driving innovation.CIOs should engage their IT partners for innovation and fresh thinking, using them as sounding boardsor to build on ideas. Even when some of these ideas may not be fully developed, vendors can often suggest a wholly original approach tousing technologies to help CIOs take the business forward.

The Creative, Next-Generation CIO
e are at the cusp of a renaissance for CIOs, and the role of the CIO is changing for good. It is also changing for the better, as more CIOs leave the backroom for the boardroom.

The next-generation CIO is one who possesses a creative mindset and looks at building the business in today's digital and connected world as an art as much as a science. The artistry lies in the way technologies are blended together, the way processes and systems are dynamic and constantly refreshed, and the way CIOs harness the expertise and the experience of IT partners to bring in innovation and fresh thinking.

CIOs who respond with creativity, take ownership of driving digital leadership and maintain a strategic view will deliver results that matter to the business and secure their position in the boardroom. 


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