The role of modern IT Executives is more challenging than it has ever been before, not only because the technology landscape has become more complex, but also because IT execs had to become more business-focused. The role has moved from being merely a technologist and a service provider to being a digital business instigator, an ambassador of transformation and a leader. This is the role that most of IT executives are not prepared for.
Modern businesses want to leverage technology to gain that competitive edge which not only secure their market-share but also generate more revenue, reduce costs, avoid risks and incorporate innovation. Now all eyes are fixed upon IT and enterprises are demanding that their technology executives join them in this journey and get involved in shaping business strategy, but are CIxOs ready to take their rightful place at the top table? To be successful, CIxOs not only need to invest in their staff, procure right technologies, adopt and align IT strategy with business but most importantly they must invest in themselves, in their brand and leadership skills.
Ali Farahani, Group CIO, ROXCEL Holding GmbH