CIOs are unable to build strategic IT organizations when IT capabilities, key business strategies, and leadership expectations of IT are mismatched. They can create value for their businesses by constantly evaluating and aligning the IT mandate with key business objectives and expectations.
CIOs need to lead by influence in the enterprise, setting the precedent for how different departments can implement technology, keeping the organisation in a permanent state of upgrade. It’s this strategy of having to ‘keep the lights on while planning for the future’ that’s driving the successful CIO, according to Gartner. The focus on both existing and future technology can help organizations innovate and adapt to the rise of new technologies, which show promise but require organizational flexibility and patience in their adoption.
The flexibility to bring on future tech expands outside of IT through the rest of the enterprise. For CIOs, an enterprise-wide organizational model that goes beyond traditional IT is becoming almost obligatory.