The concept of career reinvention has recently received a great deal of attention. And the book Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career, in particular, has gained a lot of interest. The authors haven’t targeted it at any one type of executive, but the book does give rise to thinking about how CIOs might reinvent their careers.
How much do you and your IT team care about the rest of the business? This seemingly simple question goes straight to the heart of an issue raised in my last post: in times of cloud computing, the role of IT has to evolve from a technology enabler to that of a truly business-centric IT function. But how much partying is going on in IT when month-end closing can be done half a day earlier, a new product is launched, a new yield level could be reached in manufacturing or a new customer could be acquired? So measuring IT noise is a first step, but how do you practically assess the business centricity of IT, or determine if you’re on the right track? Below, you find my two-cents worth on how to test that without boiling the ocean, and by answering just three questions. Interested? Let’s go …
It often astonishes me to see how easily young children can grasp the mechanics of a smartphone. For many people of my generation, becoming digitally literate is a gradual learning process. But many of today’s youngsters demonstrate an instinctive ability to work with new technologies. And as kids get older, they spend more and more time immersed in IT-related activities — from playing video games to talking to friends via social media.
Asking CIOs to deliver a more business-centric IT function is not a new idea. For years, leading CIOs, technology magazines, advisory firms and others have all been making the case. CIOs themselves are hardly opposed to the concept – senior executives want to know that their role is contributing to the wider improvement of their business. But why is business-centric IT becoming even more important in the era of cloud computing?