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Too many tech fish in the c-suite: Embracing new roles that overlap with IT

Bonnie Gardiner | Aug. 4, 2015
CIOs not equipped for the demands of the digital world must learn to embrace roles like the CMO, CDO and the CINO

As the role shifts, CIOs need to remember that new responsibilities are an additive to the infrastructure maintenance and support that have always been part of the IT function, Raahauge says.

"You have to have a clear architectural view and strategy," she says. "You need to key to a longer-term decision point, while keeping it flexible enough that you can pick up the new technologies that are emerging so fast.

"It's about the balance of looking at both infrastructure and application architecture all the way out to user experience."

Gartner's 2015 CIO Agenda too calls CIOs to action on the need for a new technology management role, explaining how CIOs can flip between old and new behaviours and beliefs, and why they must do so to successfully deliver on the digital promise.

The report found that though aware of new digital technologies and approaches to information, the CIO mindset is dominated by nurturing and evolving legacy assets and capabilities.

Gartner recommended CIOs who want digital business success, as well as remaining leaders in technology management, must start with a digital mindset and work backwards.


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