The cloud is changing the way that businesses function, from BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to real-time accessibility to documents on any device. Because of the cloud, businesses have had to become more agile and focus on reactive strategies. The cloud is also revitalizing specific roles within companies.
In particular, the cloud has brought a positive shift to the role of the CIO.
CIOs have always been expected to stay at the forefront of technological advances so that their company can be competitive, as well as meet the demands of those within the organization. But in order to incorporate new emerging technologies, CIOs must also take on an even larger role when it comes to IT security, management, and disaster planning while balancing the needs of the business.
As it happens, we can track how the growth of the cloud brought changes in all areas of the CIO role.
The infographic at the bottom of this post is based on research from Gartner, CIO Insight, Ovum.com, and Networkworld.com. So let’s take a look at what the cloud-age CIO’s role looks like and how they are redefining IT’s role from the top down.
Five Ways the CIO’s Role is Being Reinvented
- Weaving Security Strategy into App Development – The cloud-age CIO’s role does not begin after the migration to the cloud – instead, it is critical for CIOs to be highly involved in both the financial and security related decisions during the creation of the initial migration strategy.
- Breaking through IT Barriers, Focusing on Speed and Security – CIOs now have an even greater responsibility to make sure that the technology used does not interfere with the speed at which employees work. In particular, it is important that CIOs are open to using third-party apps while not sacrificing security and the needs of the business.
- Scaling Globally with New Cloud Apps – One of the most popular benefits of the cloud is the scalability. Cloud-age CIOs need to should focus on cloud applications that offer global scaling opportunities as they will be expected to find the application with the most reach for the least cost.
- Identifying Benefits of Cloud Transformation from Legacy Systems – Moving an entire business to the cloud cannot happen in the blink of an eye, it requires vast amounts planning and strategy. The CIOs role in this move is to balance the structural needs of the company’s legacy systems with opportunities of the cloud to make sure that basic business functions will not be halted while also reaping the speed and scalability benefits of the cloud.
- Integrating and Managing BYOD policies – The BYOD battle is over, cloud-age CIOs need to make this a critical, not optional, part of their cloud strategy moving forward. Don’t agree? Consider that Gartner predicts that 50% of companies will require employees to participate in BYOD by 2017 and Ovum.com reports that nearly 70% of employees who own a smartphone or tablet choose to use it to access corporate data. So CIOs should include it in their strategy now, not later.
Check out the infographic below for more on how the cloud has changed the CIO’s role:
Infographic by Curiona.
Thanks for reading and feel free to sound off in the comments with other ways the cloud is changing your business for the better!