To succeed in today’s digital age, CIOs cannot focus solely on keeping the IT engine humming. According to our research, CIOs must undertake a variety of additional activities: embrace the benefits of digital transformation and promote these ideas to the C-suite and other key stakeholders; participate in digital business strategy-setting; skillfully manage organizational and cultural change; proactively fulfill the business-technology needs of customers, partners and employees; establish alliances with key stakeholders inside and outside of the organization; and stay ahead of IT skills requirements amid rapid technological change.
Meeting such intense multidisciplinary demands won’t be easy. For starters, CIOs must assess their personal strengths and weaknesses, and then figure out when, where and how to retool their organizations, adopt new leadership styles and find partners to launch their digital future.
Our “Digital CIO Self-Assessment tool” spans the gamut of skills and capabilities CIOs need to succeed in the modern digital era. It is designed to calibrate the CIO’s strengths in strategy and innovation, leadership and culture, customer value, and systems and processes, among other criteria. Once the values are scored across categories, CIOs can see whether they are a Digital Novice, Digital Believer or Digital Champion — and gain insight into how to ascend the maturity curve.
For a more comprehensive view of the evolving role of the digital CIO, sample the insights from our “Digital CIO” study, or read our white paper “Being Digital: How and Why CIOs Are Reinventing Themselves for a New Age.”
To learn more about how to succeed on the digital journey, please visit us at cognizant.com/digital.