A central theme we’ve been exploring as part of The Enterprisers Project is around the role of the CIO, and how it seems to be evolving beyond what was traditionally encompassed by the word “Information.”
At the recent CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Colorado Springs, we spent a good deal of time discussing the role of the CIO in enterprise organizations. Nearly everyone we spoke to agreed the requirements for CIOs are expanding, transforming and encompassing much more than simply Information Technology.
GE’s Jack Welch often said if a large company is going to survive in a competitive world, it needs to start learning how to think and act like a small one. Today’s world is hypercompetitive and start-ups are reinventing the marketplace on what seems to be a weekly basis.
You’re a CIO, not a business strategist. Right? Increasingly, the answer to that question is well—not so fast. If IT is enabling just about every aspect of the business, then why not enable the strategy of the business as well?