Innovation, Agility, Automation and, of course, Digital – The buzz words of 2015. The media is full of stories about the ‘new industrial revolution’ and companies are eager to sell you their particular version of the future. They create an atmosphere where it’s natural to feel that everyone else is moving ahead of you. In my experience even the most advanced of the early adopters are still wrestling with the implications of digital innovation; which apps to move to the cloud, data security and governance issues. The reality is, it takes much longer to adopt new technologies than most people acknowledge.
Sometimes the most important thing to do is to take a step back and think. That’s what leaders need to do – especially todays CIO. The more hysterical the clamor, the more important it is to come to your own decisions, on the basis of your organization’s own issues and priorities. Innovation is too important if the business is to remain relevant today and in the future. This is why we believe the CIO is such a central figure in the application of innovation: they alone have the cross-business perspective and technical grasp to align digital possibilities with business imperatives.
Of course, it is important to ask the right questions and engage trusted advisors in the journey. That’s where we come in. Nonetheless, the CIO is the obvious person to be the C-suite evangelist for technology innovation. That means getting a plan in place – mapping out a digital business agenda and designing a road map to deliver their objectives. And rather than reacting to pressure, they should set the pace.