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The New CIO: Chief “Information.. urm What” Officer?

Salaina Haroon | Feb. 22, 2017
With the advent of the cloud and big data, defining the CIO role gets more complex

In this respect Manfred Kube, Head of M2M at security firm Gemalto points out it is “a far from an easy role.An introduction of a Chief IoT Officer is something I’m certain businesses should consider in order to fully embrace the potential IoT has to offer. It is vital for businesses to have one person dedicated to unlocking that potential and communicating its importance to the rest of the business from the regular staff right up to the CEO. Whether it’s coordinating software updates that keep each device working to its full potential, liaising with CIOs and CSOs to create a robust security framework, or co-ordinating with CFOs to unlock further budget and ensure that ROI on the devices is maximised, Chief IoT Officers will have a great deal of responsibility,” he says.

Chief Integration Officer

CIOs have a unique vantage point, able to lead integration from an enterprise-wide perspective. After all, technology touches every department and government function–as well as, arguably, every business and citizen. One key skill that truly great CIOs have learned is how to successfully navigate and integrate organizational differences to keep key stakeholders in agreement and heading in the same direction. In other words, they become chief integration officers. It's a skill that can turn disorganized IT organizations into strategic weapons. When IT functions began decades ago, they were somewhat self-contained and isolated. Today, the reverse is true. Now everyone needs IT, including customers, partners, suppliers, internal corporate functions and field operations. Yet only the best CIOs have so far successfully led the charge for organizational integration.When CIOs let someone else lead this integration, it often spells disaster for them and their departments because it perpetuates the perception that business-IT alignment remains a problem.

 Chief Digital Officer

 Chief Digital Officers are considered both the new stars of the C-suite as well as faddish or transitory roles which will eventually go away - a view even held by a number of CDOs themselves. The role of the Chief Digital Officer and the CDO duties and responsibilities vary vastly depending on industry, reporting line, and to what extent they have been truly empowered to do the job they were brought in to do. It's partly strategic and a vision, but the Chief Digital Officer role is also about execution. And the cultural aspect. How do you get the business from thinking about IT to thinking about tech? How can you get the business to think more digitally, and to embrace digital? More and more CIO’s have come to adapt themselves as Chief Digital Officers if they already don’t have one reporting to them or the CEO directly.


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