CIO Leadership: Three Ways the Role will Evolve in 2025

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Industries are increasingly being transformed by digital technology, which is seeping into every aspect of the organization and becoming a business priority. It’s no surprise, then, that the role of the chief information officer (CIO) is evolving and becoming more important.

According to a Forbes Insights survey, over four out of five CIOs stated that their role has grown in prestige over the last five years.

So, what does this all mean for today’s tech executives? In simplest words, the CIO is at the epicenter of a storm, fighting on three fronts: addressing ancient systems and long-standing data issues; driving a business strategy that exploits the value of a wide range of new, robust technologies; and optimizing the value and security of today’s environment.

CIOs who want to be a part of the shift should adapt their skills and knowledge in the following three ways.

They need to broaden their horizons beyond technological expertise

CIOs who lead with a deep understanding of technology will be the first to get pigeonholed, and, worse, they will stymie development.

To be successful in the next five years, technology executives should invest in their soft skills more than any one technology knowledge. CIOs can always employ and educate people with deep technological experience, but they should be able to convey the benefits of technology strategy in basic business terms to be productive members of the board. They must be adept at persuading and motivating the business to pursue new business opportunities.

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They must also increase their ability to forge relationships, both within the company and with vendors and other groups that can help them develop innovative solutions.

As automation becomes more prevalent, they should learn how to alter department roles and focus

Security automation and growing SecDevOps, as well as software-defined networking and infrastructure, rapid application development, and the convergence of operations through DevOps, all necessitate a reskilling of the IT department. And CIOs must move rapidly to address it.

These changes, combined with a growing focus on customer experience, will require IT teams to evolve into more strategic roles, such as engineers moving away from manually patching servers and instead ensuring IT is ready to deliver new solutions faster and scale quickly in response to changing priorities.

There is a significant skills gap to close, as well as a new literacy that should be cultivated. Individual knowledge in each IT discipline, from database administrators to sysadmins to network engineers and developers, should be supported and aligned with the business and technology goals.

At the same time, CIOs and their teams will never be able to master all of the technology specialties, so they must keep focused on the digital transformation goals to avoid becoming distracted.

They must take on the role of change agents

In the next five years, the CIO’s most essential position may be that of a change agent, which goes far beyond understanding the promise of technology and actually bringing it to life.

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CIOs should be aware of the organization’s current capabilities and gaps, as well as the vendors with whom they should partner. They must also be able to build capability within the organization and reskill teams to meet the new challenges. This includes, among other things, enhancing market speed or reach, as well as improving the capacity to implement solutions quickly and consistently through automation.

CIOs should first be open to change in order to be change agents. They must broaden their expertise by listening to and learning from peers in their business and other industries. Also, they must link their priorities to larger business objectives and take responsibility for the outcomes.

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Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain