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CIOs can get their priorities right at HP Discover 2013 in Vegas

DiscoverInsider on ‎04-16-2013 06:36 AM

By E.G. Nadhan, Distinguished Technologist, HP Enterprise Services


HP DiscoverI am reading the abstract for the BB 2092 - The top four CIO priorities and 12 ways to help your CIO sleep better at night session at HP Discover 2013. I am intrigued about what these priorities could be and more importantly, wondering about the 12 ways CIOs can sleep better at night. Takes me back a few months to the time when I was interviewed by IDG research for their whitepaper on IT priorities titled Clouds, business issues and time management dominate the CIO’s world in 2013. I took that opportunity to share my viewpoint on CIO priorities for 2013.  Let me expand on this viewpoint.


CIO priorities are driven by five forces: business, customers, innovation, finance and governance.


Business. CIOs are shifting their attention from technical matters to business issues. To that end, they must practice deflecting requests for technology into discussions of the change.


Customers. Cloud computing is breeding a new generation of customer-focused CIOs. Enterprises need to be at least as social as their customers who are using social media channels and providing brontobytes of data. There is no doubt this data will impact the information outlook for the enterprise – something that the CIOs should strategize for the next five years.


Innovation. CIOs need to take steps today to innovate the planet for 2020. One such step could be to revitalize the skills of the IT staff by identifying, creating, staffing for, and training information-focused job roles. How about starting by having the sexiest job of the 21st Century?


Finance. Business units have IT options today that did not exist in the past. As I said in the IDG Research paper, “CIOs are no longer the sole driver of IT.” With that, I’ve created my own new call to action for CIOs, based on value. To achieve long-term value CIOs must have the mechanisms in place to assess their Return on Information.


Governance. In the past, I’ve explained how we can build upon SOA Governance to realize Cloud Governance, but let’s not forget the need for governing data. Governance is vital for the most valuable asset in the enterprise—information! This is echoed in the HP newsletter titled “Collaborate to maximize business value from strategic information, featuring Gartner research which issues a call to action for the CIO to evolve an Information Governance model.


Based upon this perspective on CIO priorities, I am eagerly looking forward to meeting CIOs at this BB 2092 session. And after attending this session, I also look forward to employing one of the 12 suggested ways to get a good night’s sleep!

How about you? What are priorities for the CIO from your perspective? Is there a 13th way that you would suggest for CIOs to sleep better at night? Please let me know by commenting on this blog or in person at HP Discover 2013.


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