The CIO drives the technology that drives the organization’s future success. You want to be in the driver’s seat.
Three areas are certain to command attention and resources in coming months. Become the expert and champion of one or all of these (they are not mutually exclusive), and you’ll be grooming yourself for a top spot.
BYOD: Accept it. There’s no going back. Giving it free reign, however, is not acceptable. As BYOD users quickly multiply (think Christmas 2013), so does the complexity, cost and risk of supporting them. Company leaders must better define expectations for employee-owned hardware to balance flexibility and productivity with confidentiality and privacy requirements.
Security: The narrow definition of IT security focuses on technology controls with IT itself. Today it should be so much more ― business continuity, disaster recovery, information security, compliance training and awareness and so forth. Security has earned a seat at the table as a necessary business function.
Cloud: As with BYOD, the cloud is the future. Strategizing and planning how the cloud is your organization’s future is the challenge. Instead of viewing the cloud as a threat and fearing loss of control, be the one who understands the wide variety of cloud platforms and how they apply to business success.
The common thread here is business strategy and success. To succeed as an IT leader, think business and act business. Use technology.