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The Quest for C-Suite Harmony

CIO Asia writers | April 26, 2011
The goal of business-IT alignment remains a key management focus, as organisations strive to effectively use information technology to achieve strategic business objectives. Prominent IT expert speakers delved into this longstanding issue at CIO Asia’s annual flagship conference and awards 2011 in Singapore in March.

The Great Debate – Singapore
Proposition: ‘CIOs are now true business technologists properly valued by their enterprises’.

Opening the debate with a light touch, YES team captain Victor Keong said delegates had to say yes to the motion otherwise “we would be out of our jobs”.

Referring to the evolution of the CIO role in past decades, Keong said the CIO role had expanded, starting off as technical, and now bridging the technology and business gap.  “The CIO’s role has evolved,” said Wai Mun Heng. “Earlier, there was more emphasis on technology. Now, the CIO is a business enabler.” NO team captain Waleed Hanafi countered: “Unfortunately for most of us, it is a technology life that is based in data centres or even in the server closet.” He said CIOs do not participate in business discussions, but simply receive orders, usually without enough manpower or budget.

The ‘No’ team overwhelmingly won the debate, with the ‘Yes’ side securing just 12 per cent of the audience vote, which was cast by SMS.


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