This Is The Year To Focus On Innovation, Not Operations

Dateline: January 22, 2016

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

CIOs who cling to an operational role could find themselves marginalized in the coming years, whereas those who focus on innovation could attain new heights.

That is how interpreted the findings of a report published by industry research firm, IDC.   The report, “The Changing Role of IT Leadership: CIO Perspectives for 2016,” suggests that we may have arrived at the tipping point where CIOs must become more than an operational leader to keep their executive level job.

A particularly striking finding is that more than 40 percent of the line-of-business executives surveyed said they view the CIO as an innovation officer responsible for leading their company’s digital transformation….Simply “keeping the lights on” will cause the business to look elsewhere for technology leadership and innovation, added [Mike] Jennett, a vice president of research with IDC’s IT Executive Program.

Is this the year you transition from primarily focusing on operations to focusing on innovation? What do you do besides “keep the lights on?”  

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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