The demands towards the role of the CIO are changing rapidly and evolve constantly. The building blocks technology, digitisation, leadership and IT management, combined with a good portion of future vision are the characteristics that lead to success.
Passion to be IT executive
I have been fascinated by technology since the beginning of my career. Time not only increases one’s experience and knowledge but lets one mature personally. Work begins to become less stressful and more fun. Applying my wealth of experience motivates me.
Is a holistic entrepreneurial journey. IT contributes the technology, leads the way and forms the basis on which new business models can be built. Technology and digitisation permeate the entire ecosystem and must, in particular, become part of all areas of the entrepreneurial delivery chain. Only together with all specialist departments can the journey into the Age 4.0 be completed successfully.
Makes all stakeholders move closer together. Thanks to the concept of cloud-based platforms they are only one mouse click away from each other. Geographical location only plays a minor role. Language and cultural competences, internationality and multi-virtual communication skills are important aspects for sustainable management.
IT must assume a key role in this sector, break out of its technical role and use its competence to become a player intermediating between the digital partners. Suppliers, regulators, intermediaries, knowledge carriers, customers, consultants: Everything merges in the framework of limitless proximity. IT must orchestrate this digital network and use it in an entrepreneurial sense. But that’s not enough. It is also paramount to incorporate the company itself into this network. To become a key factor oneself instead of passively participating. This means to transform from a passively drivel role into an actively driven force.
Excellent IT management.
Means that all IT services must run without interruption like electricity coming out of the wall. The requirements of digital markets leave no room to deal with non-functional technologies, data centres, service support and immature IT service management processes. Making IT processes and services run faultlessly is the first test a CIO has to pass. Using cloud technologies and applying standardised and proven organisational structures is a goal that is to be reached quickly.
Social skills and emotional intelligence.
These skills in the CIO’s arsenal contribute at least 50 % of his holistic success. The rest is covered by specialist knowledge and field experience.
Agile IT management.
Agile software development, dynamic projects and teams are talked about everywhere. I am talking about holistic, agile IT management. All partial areas of IT must dynamically adapt to a constantly changing environment. IT teams must keep moving, remain open to unexpected developments or requirements in order to provide the best services to assure positive business development.
IT specialists are heroes.
Technologies come and go – faster than ever before. Entirely new jobs arise. Training happens dynamic and quick via forums, communities and platforms. Classic IT training courses as well as basic training at school and university are nowhere near enough any more to survive on the “market” for a few years. IT specialists are not only subject to enormous life-long training pressure but new technologies in infrastructure and software are more than essential for corporate success. Those specialists that deal with this dynamic situation day by day and work miracles for companies are the true heroes.
A bi-modal world.
Combining the old, conventional IT world with the new, digital and agile IT world is an art form. Many obstacles cover your path. Experience, setbacks, new beginnings are all important insights into finding the right way. The challenge of separating the IT crew into two groups is one of the greatest. The time has come for a sustainable management of this bi-modal IT landscape which should be a part of every company.
Besides several personality tests, strength analyses as well as the feedback provided by mentors and closest confidants one starts to reflect one’s special 360-degree characteristics during personal development.