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Digitalization Requires Bold Moves, New Strategies and Enterprise Continuity

June 2, 2014

To say CIOs are overloaded is an understatement. The economy is stagnant. The 3rd platform has arrived—BYOD, Social, Big Data and the Cloud—bringing with it intelligent industry solutions CIOs are expected to provide for their companies. In the meantime their existing infrastructure not only needs tending, but an IT core redesign.

“Traditionally, the CIO role concentrated on tending to IT operations. However, the world has changed, and IT must adapt by extending its role in the enterprise. Hunting and harvesting entail new attitudes and responsibilities for IT that reflect the realities of digital business.

CIOs, therefore, have three tasks today: Tend to the legacy, hunt for new digital business opportunities, and harvest value for business process changes and extended products/services.” (Gartner, Inc., 2013 CIO Agenda Findings)

Whether tending, hunting or harvesting, CIOs have to adapt to the new digital paradigm and find the right team to manage the IT core—NOW.

“Fifty-one percent of CIOs are concerned that the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope, and 42 percent don’t feel they have the right skills and capabilities in place to face this future.” (Gartner, Inc., Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda)

The trend in staffing shows the average enterprise IT department must adapt with new skill sets in demand. And while new skills are needed to respond to 3rd platform changes, the demand for 2nd platform skills continues to grow as well. (InformationWeek, 5 IT Hiring Trends)

As CIOs put the right staff with the right skills into place they need to concurrently renovate the IT core from infrastructure, applications, information and sourcing to be “digital ready” and able to address the 3rd platform.

According Gartner, Inc., a CIOs vision in 2014 needs to be a bold one that fundamentally changes the way information and technology appear in the enterprise. Oh, and this all needs to happen as the “important work of delivering and improving existing enterprise IT continues.”

So, where does your company sit in this digital revolution? What challenges are you facing at the CIO or enterprise level to prepare to tame the digital dragon?

Weigh in with your thoughts. 





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