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Surmounting digital disruption through 3rd Platform technologies

Adrian M. Reodique | March 2, 2016
C-suite leaders from various industries in the Philippines gathered for the first leg of the CXO-CIO Conference 2016 to discuss how their organisations can lead digital transformation to scale.

This shows that the rapid advancement of technologies and digital transformation has paved the way for new roles.

According to Ricson Singson Que, Senior IT Director of College of Saint Benilde (CSB), the new role of Chief Innovation Inclusion Officer (CIIO) was created to drive innovation and achieve the strategic outcomes for the college's two new centres-Centre for Innovation and Centre for Inclusion-established in 2015.

On the innovation side, the college aims for 85 percent of their graduating students in 2020 to demonstrate their expertise in their areas of specialisation in at least two collaborative and innovative projects that improve the quality of life of people, especially the poor.

Some of the projects that they have embarked on were ColLab-a laboratory which allows the students to collaborate by arranging puzzle-like tables to create various configurations-and a mobile classroom.

Meanwhile, on the inclusion side, the college aims that by 2020, 30 percent of their student population would be comprised of people who are economically disadvantaged, persons with disabilities, and those who may have special learning needs.

To support the two centres, CSB has adopted a technology integration framework called the SAMR Model, which is divided into two categories-the enhancement and transformation.

Under enhancement, technology acts as a direct tool substitute and with no functional change. "From enhancement to transformation, there are various changes on how we use the device," said Singson Que.

At the top of the transformation category is redefinition, "wherein the technology allows you to create new tasks or capabilities that were previously impossible to do, such as running ERP applications on your mobile devices. These are things that we have to adopt and we, as CIOs, would also like to explore," he added.

In conclusion, Singson Que urged the CIIOs to not only be innovators but also add inclusion in their strategies. "If we do something for ourselves, we're an achiever if we're able to do it successfully. But if you do something for the world, you move beyond being an achiever; you'll become a CIO for the world."

Embracing disruptive technologies

In the panel discussion, IT leaders explained their thoughts on how disruptive technologies can be beneficial on tackling digital disruption, and the challenges that CIOs face today in this disruptive era.

According to Alipao, cleaning the house or organising the systems is one of the challenges she faced as a CIO. "You cannot go out until your house is clean so get in the legacy, and get in the data right before you introduce anything new into your market," she said.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Marwah, Vice President for IT of Hinduja Global Solutions Inc., and Alain Duminy, Head of IT Governance & Portfolio Management Unit for Asian Development Bank, agreed that legacy transformation is one of the biggest challenges they face as IT leaders.


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