The CIO is dead. Long live the CIO!
Failing is succeeding
As part of driving innovation, IT can’t be afraid to fail. In fact, IT pros must embrace failing. It removes the fear factor of not succeeding with every project, and that means IT will be happier taking on more risky, ambitious projects that could deliver great business benefits.
CIOs must communicate this to the chief exec and make sure there is a supportive atmosphere in which to experiment.
Teams are getting smaller
As IT infrastructure is outsourced more and more, a CIO’s team grows gradually smaller, because there is simply less need for skilled engineers inside an organisation.
That means CIOs and IT pros need to be more than just technicians: they need to be seen as proactive enablers who can explain to other departments how new technologies like cloud can make their lives easier.
Making technology easy to understand and relevant to others is the best way to excel.
Be on top of the latest security issues
The Heartbleed bug took everybody by surprise. While it’s forgivable to not have known about it, it’s a different matter if a CIO hasn’t already prompted his or her company to change employee passwords.
If a cyber security company breaks the news about a massive new hack, IT needs to respond quickly to mitigate the threat to the business.