A decade ago, the typical chief information officer (CIO) was concerned mostly with IT infrastructure. Today the role has changed drastically from just minding the networks and websites to CIOs becoming key decision makers in their workplace. As a modern CIO, it is your job to innovate, collaborate, balance the IT budget and motivate IT staff.
With new responsibilities come new challenges. In this two-part post, we will look at six challenges CIOs face and how to overcome them.
Herewith the first three challenges:
Protecting business data from security vulnerabilities is a goal that businesses have worked towards for years. However, it’s an area that many businesses still struggle with especially since the security landscape is constantly evolving. To overcome this challenge, CIOs need to shift their focus to prevention methods and consider activating an information security strategy right across the business. With the increase in data and incorporation of enterprise mobility, the threat of security breach has also increased.
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Doing more with less
Cost cutting in businesses is not a new notion. Organisations are constantly striving to be twice as good for half the cost and the first department to take the hit is almost always IT. Fortunately this challenge is no longer as daunting as it used to be. To overcome this challenge CIO’s are increasingly relying on software-as-a-service applications delivered online via subscription. By virtualising in-house servers and technology and looking to the cloud, CIOs can cut back capital expenditures and operating expenses.
Driving digital transformation
The concept of digital transformation has exploded in recent years and is now a top priority in 80% of businesses. To achieve the competitive advantage digital business offers, CIOs need to be the ones to drive the transformation. The challenge here is that digital transformation is a slow process that requires planning and guidance because no two organisations are alike. Working with a solutions partner who understands your business and its needs can be a major help in driving digital transformation in your organisation and should be your first port of call as a CIO.
Don’t miss part 2 of our post where we look at three more challenges CIOs face that we would like to focus on.
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