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All CIOs are leaders, yet only a select few are truly inspirational leaders. Here's how you can become one of them

All successful CIOs know how to instruct, motivate, energize, and even excite their teams. Yet only a relative handful of IT leaders can truly be described as inspirational figures, capable of leading their teams to goals that collegues at other enterprises can only dream about.

CIOs who are purposefully positive and responsible, with a focus on integrity, tend to inspire others, says Ola Chowning, a partner at global technology research and advisory firm ISG.


Digital Transformation: 8 Guiding Principles
The Enterprisers Project, July 25th, 2022
Successful digital transformation requires a shift in mindset and practices. Base your strategy on these fundamental tenets to position your organization for success

Since COVID-19, the shift to remote work has influenced many organizations to invest in digital transformation initiatives at warp speed. With little to no time for strategic planning or preparation, the onset of the pandemic served as an accelerator for companies and CIOs to establish new business models that prioritize and deliver efficiency, flexibility, and speed.

With remote and hybrid work now considered the norm, more enterprises are adjusting to this new reality by adopting a digital service mindset and embracing forward-thinking ways to stay ahead and future-proof their business. Even with businesses optimistically moving forward to keep up with the rapid pace of digital transformations, 70 percent of these initiatives unfortunately still fail.


Risks increase as the world becomes more digital, regulated, and interconnected, but you can take steps to reduce their impact.

Since the pandemic the cyber world has become a far riskier place. According to the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2022, almost half (48%) of organizations across the U.S. and Europe experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months. Even more alarming is that these attacks are happening despite businesses doubling down on their cybersecurity spend.

Cybersecurity is at a critical inflection point where five megatrends are making the threat landscape riskier, more complicated, and costlier to manage than previously reported. To better understand the evolution of this threat landscape, let's examine these trends in more detail.


Guarantee you have all the details when faced with inflated IT vendor proposals and renewals.

Have you received a vendor proposal in the past six months? If so, it might have demanded a price increase of 10%, maybe even 30%, for an IT contract that typically rises 3% to 5% a year. When senior management asks if that's really warranted, it may be difficult to tell. You need a sound process for diagnosing the cause of price hikes and a strategy for (re)negotiating terms.

Rising inflation has obscured visibility into costs just as organizations are looking to deploy technology to reduce the cost of doing business and create a competitive advantage.


IT leaders seeking board opportunities need to network, raise their profile, nurture their relationships, and pursue their passion to land the right board roles where they can have an impact.

Serving in a board advisory role is an increasingly important experience along the career trajectory of the modern CIO. It can expand your exposure to different businesses and a diverse set of leaders and give you an opportunity to expand your critical-thinking skills.

'The personal and professional networking from joining a board is tremendous. It allows you to get your name out there and be associated with other organizations outside of the company you work for,' says Josh Drew, regional director at Robert Half. 'And second, and most importantly, many of these opportunities allow CIOs to make an impact on their community.'


9 Tips For Modernizing Aging IT Systems
InformationWeek, July 28th, 2022
One of the biggest IT challenges of the day remains how to make do with what you've got. At least you can take it up a level and learn from experience by your peers.

In a perfect world, refresh cycles would regularly leave the IT shop all new and shiny. Unfortunately, there's not much that's perfect in the real world. Shiny left the building a long time ago when much of IT's assets moved to the cloud. As for new stuff, well that's an old dream in a new normal where old systems clang their worn beat on a recession drum.

That description a little too poetic for your taste? No worries: To spell it out in terms of practical nuts and bolts, most in IT are charged with making old systems work for yet another budget period at production levels on par with the new systems they aren't allowed to buy.


Devoted to helping smaller outfits find their digital mojo, CIO Fabienne Wintle shares the importance of understanding the entire business whether you work for a small business or a large enterprise.

Small and medium business' CIOs have much to teach larger enterprises, according to Fabienne Wintle, CIO of Navii, the Australian government-backed platform that supports small and medium businesses going digital.

Wintle, who is also the CIO of Tourism Tribe, had an interest in connecting businesses with information through technology, and tells CIO Australia she always saw technology as being about how to organise information and make it useful for business.


Public-sector agencies and institutions are turning to tech to streamline processes, facilitate scale and innovation, and improve the lives of those they serve.

Government entities around the globe are contending with the same demands and opportunities facing private-sector organizations. Public-sector agencies and institutions report increasing demand from constituents, employees, and their partners for more digital services, faster responses, and seamless experiences.

And, like their commercial counterparts, government IT leaders are boosting their use of technology to deliver.


Enterprise agility and operational effectiveness are largely dependent on the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of the digital infrastructure used to enable mission-critical applications, data operations, and connectivity demanded by customers, partners, and employees

During periods of uncertainty - disrupted supply chains, rising inflation, geopolitical instability, energy price spikes, the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change - agility and resiliency are especially critical. Recognizing these new enterprise imperatives, and the need for enterprises to adopt distributed-by-design approaches, International Data Corporation (IDC) has updated its Future of Digital Infrastructure framework.

Serving in a board advisory role is an increasingly important experience along the career trajectory of the modern CIO.

It can expand your exposure to different businesses and a diverse set of leaders and give you an opportunity to expand your critical-thinking skills.

'The personal and professional networking from joining a board is tremendous. It allows you to get your name out there and be associated with other organizations outside of the company you work for,' says Josh Drew, regional director at Robert Half. 'And second, and most importantly, many of these opportunities allow CIOs to make an impact on their community.'

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