With January winding down, some of our resolutions seem like mere memories but others are keeping us grounded for the year to come. So it is for CIOs as well in the coming year, Gartner analysts Mark Raskino and John Mahoney write for Forbes, “in 2015, CIOs are expected to drive more digital business innovation. In order to achieve this, they must gradually elevate their role, and that of the IT organization, to reposition themselves more as an agenda setter.”
Mr. Raskino and Mr. Mahoney lead us through ten CIO resolutions for 2015:
- Redesign your business on a blank sheet of paper. They suggest thinking way outside the normal boundaries of the CIO role and draw a “brand-new version of your business, based on modern digital capabilities”
- Stay on top of “scouting” for tech acquisitions
- Name your crown jewel enterprise systems. They explain, “Do your systems carry the names of vendor software companies even though your team tailors and adapts them to the enterprise? Claim or reclaim ownership of the key differentiating value that technology systems are providing every day. Assert pride in the fleet”
- Define your “executive presence”. How can you best sell and communicate your ideas in the coming year?
- Encourage 360-degree technology business education
- Develop storytellers within your organization to “evangelize” your IT story
- Organize and practice responding to catastrophic scenarios. Mr. Raskino and Mr. Mahoney add, “utilize the discipline of war gaming as an effective tool to prepare for unknown or rapidly evolving situations that have multiple and uncontrollable drivers”
- Open up your data assets on a “come and play” basis to fuel innovation
- Exploit the “Maker Movement”. We all have innovative employees, enterprises should embrace and nurture this strength to foster new organizational creativity
Finally, CIOs should take time to keep up-to-date on new technologies. The Gartner analysts recommend CIOs set aside 5% of their time to research and even experience emerging technologies that could have impact to their industry.
What 2015 CIO resolution above should be the focus at your organization this year?