6 Differences Between Today’s CIOs vs. Yesterday’s CIOs

May 16, 2019

Categories: B2B eCommerce, Digital Transformation Strategy

The way of doing business has gone through a fundamental shift in the past decade and the necessity to stay relevant and innovative has never been more important or challenging. To respond to this new competitive landscape, companies are turning to digital transformation as a means to take their success to the next level.

This new digital transformation era is dramatically changing the role of the CIO.

Historically, CIOs and their teams were the technology gatekeepers and were responsible for helping the organization utilize technology through products and services. But now, expectations go beyond that and focus on broad business initiatives and innovations that will push the business forward.

Today’s CIOs are faced with new realities that yesterday’s CIOs would never have dreamed of.

According to Gartner, at least 84% of top CIOs surveyed have responsibility for areas of the business outside traditional IT. The most common are innovation and transformation.

Here are 6 Differences Between Today’s CIOs vs. Yesterday’s CIOs

Yesterday’s CIOToday’s CIO
Makes the rules, establishes policies, enforces standardsThe customer, or user, makes the rules  
Today’s CIO is responsible for guiding the organization in the direction the customer is steered towards.
Manages data quality and generates reportsFocuses on integrating data across applications and automating processes  
Today’s CIO is focused on the integration of systems in order to better manage data across the entire organization.
“Don’t release until it’s ready.”“Iterate until you get it right.”  
Today’s CIO believes agile, continuous delivery and iteration is the name of the game. Dragging projects out for months or years will no longer cut it.
Enforces perimeter security controlsSecurity is at the top of the agenda  
With the explosion of cloud-based services, the acceptance of mobile devices and remote access, and growth of IoT – to name a few – today’s CIO is keenly focused on security.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”“Innovate, innovate, innovate.”  
Today’s CIO is responsible for product and service innovations and finding new ways to grow revenue.
Only speak technologySpeak the language of the business  
Today’s CIO needs to be able to demonstrate the value of the technology, and how it will drive the business into the future.

Digital transformation is a priority for so many of today’s businesses and its an initiative that doesn’t just touch technology. It encompasses everything from how businesses interact with customers across channels to consolidating siloed systems. A CIO is successful not based on how software and systems are structured but on the game-changing outcomes that technology is able to deliver for the business.

This new reality for CIOs is forcing them to rethink their approach to technology.

Our latest eBook, 7 Realities of Today’s CIOs, dives into the changing CIO role and how Four51 OrderCloud is turning CIOs into digital transformation heroes.

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