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Posted by Manish Bahl on March 21, 2012
I presented the keynote at the Biztech2 event in Mumbai last week. It was a big evening, as almost all key Indian CIOs were present at the event. The theme of my keynote was “The Empowered BT CIO,” which triggered some interesting thoughts, as all of the discussions that I had after the presentation were mainly around “business” with hardly any mention of “technology.” Below are the key points mentioned by CIOs in my discussions with them:
All of these points have one thing in common: “my present role and issues that I face today.” But no one talked about their future role! My response to them was consistent, as I categorically highlighted that CIOs have two options:
It is evident from the points below that Indian CIOs are sitting in their technology boat with the aim of successfully sailing through a complex, fast-changing world — which isn’t a practical (or even possible) goal. Some key areas CIOs should carefully address:
CIOs today are at a crossroads, from which they will select the path to their future role. Successful CIOs will choose the empowered BT path, as it will help them become more influential and powerful than who fail to do so. The countdown has begun — and Indian CIOs should act now, before it’s too late.
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