According to Citrix CEO, Kirill Tatarinov, digitalisation and digital disruption trends are totally changing the standing of IT leaders, allowing them to evolve and excel in broader business roles, while warding off digital transformation and ownership challenges.
While most businesses are in the midst of some sort of digital transformation, only 21% have implemented a firm-wide strategy, according to a recent survey from SAP. One of the keys to successfully bringing new digital skills into an enterprise is having a CIO with strong leadership skills and an affinity for all things digital.
Here are a few ways CIOs can drive digital transformation:
- Build trust: For CIOs to be successful digital leaders, they need to have a solid relationship with other business leaders. If the rest of the C-suite trust the CIO, they will be more willing to allocate budget to digital resources.
- Embracing business-led IT: Gone are the days when it was only the IT department that were making decisions about technology. Digitalisation means that business and IT must work together to make purchasing decisions that will benefit all areas of the business.
- Upskill employees: Change management is important – if staff don’t understand how to use these new tools and technologies, they’re likely to resist these innovations. CIOs looking to drive digital transformation must go the extra mile to foster digital learning.
- Be a guide: Successful CIOs understand all the latest digital trends and can advise their colleagues about the benefits and risks thereof. Part of this means always being willing to explain the possibilities a business can realise by embracing new digital trends.
- Speak the right language: No one likes jargon. It can be a barrier to digital learning when staff members are being presented with terms and ideas they don’t understand. It’s important to speak business language when you’re trying to convince your peers about the value of digital innovation.
“We see examples of the CIO essentially becoming the hero of the digital age, not only embracing the new but also connecting the old with the new and really enabling organisations to move forward,” explains Tatarinov. At Nebula, we want to help our customers be the digital heroes of their industry.
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