BANGALORE, INDIA: As leaders of change and drivers of innovation, the world of CIOs is changing dramatically. It has evolved over the years and it will certainly continue to become more competitive and strategic. While capitalizing on industry trends, CIOs need to connect the business with the mission and the vision of the organisation with a focus on bringing in a transformation in the organisation.
That has been happening, but if we have to see the future, what would be the changes a CIO expects to his role in the next five years? There is no 'one size fits all' answer to that question. There are myriad thoughts, if we ask the CIOs who seem to be quite prepared for their changing roles.
Drawing competitive advantage
Bhupendra Pant, Head IT, L&T-EWAC Alloys Ltd
The role of CIO will continue to evolve. As enterprises become more virtual the CIO's ability to provide consultancy and advice on getting strategic information from fragmented data sources across owned and third-party IT resources will be critical to business.
The front-end CIOs will shift their attention to business strategies, business models, helping their enterprise expand into new marketplaces, helping create new customers, new products and new sources of raw materials. Whether his designation is 'CIO' or something else but essentially he will continue to be the one who connects the business, the mission, the goals and objectives, the strategy and the strategic plan with the IT agenda. He will continue to leverage technology in more innovative ways for competitive advantage.
INVOLVEMENT IN LINE MANAGEMENT Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â AnuradhaÂ Roy, SAIL
G S Rao, CIO, KSK Ventures
We will be challenged with high expectations in terms of IT organizations service support, analytical skills and to increase IT's value to the rest of the organization based on highly volatile technological advances which in turn will pose implementation challenges. Both technological and business growth should be considered as an enormous user satisfaction which seems to be a moving target, but enabling higher levels of service and support from IT ensuring that users meet their goals and objectives will ensure the next 5 years growth.
CIO as ICT REVOLUTIONIST
Samir Chaudhury, Powergrid India
CIO AS AN INNOVATION SPECIALIST Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Prakash Pradhan, Head-IT & CIO, Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Hence the CIO has been compelled to become an innovation specialist, agent of change and agile in his thinking. IT governance shall take its position only when the less previledged user has the right to access the information repository in a democratic way.