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Digitalisation of the CIO

By Charlie Knight |

Digital

When you work in the information technology sector, you need to understand digital trends. There are many ways in which digitalisation will change your role. If you want to be a success, you will need to adapt yourself. If you fail to alter your methods, you will fail and let your company down. Of course, that is the last thing you want to do, and so you should avoid it at all costs. 

One of the greatest things you can do for your company is begin to educate yourself. Once you start learning about this exciting sector, you will have the right tools. That means that you will have what you need to enhance your business in all the right ways. If you do all these things, your manager will expect you to take a leading role in the company. After all, every company needs to be ahead of the game when it comes to digital trends. If you can lead the team towards a better system than they have now, you will be integral to the business. Let's take a look at some of the key things you ought to know.

What is digitalisation?

We will now focus a little on what digitalisation is. This word is one that you will hear many times over the next few years. In a sense, it is a 'buzz' word that encompasses many different things. You must know about some simple things that have changed in this area.

First of all, you have social aspects of digitisation. That is to say that more and more people are using digital platforms in their social life. If you want to market your company well, you will need to leverage these platforms and use them. Many people fail to understand the impact that social media has on companies, but it is great. Unless you research this are in-depth, you will never have a chance to compete in the online world. As a CIO, you should be the one to take the reigns. You need to educate yourself on the best methods you should use. Once you do that, you can figure out how to use new strategies.

There is also cloud computing. People no longer use traditional storage. Instead, they are more likely to use cloud computing services. If you use these things within your company, you will find that it is much easier than you might expect. Not only will this system save you money, but it will also make working easier than it is now. That means that you get to enhance the way your team works in general terms.

Mobile computing is essential to any excellent business. If you are hoping to expand a site or even just the way you communicate with others, this is the way to do so. You need to make sure that you have all the tools you need to succeed. Any site that you develop needs to be mobile-friendly and adaptable. It is that simple.

Challenges for CIOs

If you are a CIO, you will face many challenges when it comes to digitalisation. Of course, there is no doubt that people will expect you to lead them when it comes to this area. If you don't have what it takes, that will become obvious fast. Once you overcome these challenges, though, you can open new doors for your company. All eyes will be on you over the next few months, and so the decisions you make are crucial. You need to understand the risk that each new opportunity holds and decide whether it is worth your time or not. Of course, you will have to work with the company CEO when it comes to these decisions. It will be your duty to give them the advice they need to make an informed choice.

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Investment priorities

As part of your role as a CIO, you will need to make sure that you budget well. You may have a pot of money, which you can spend as you please. If that is the case, you need to ensure you understand the investment priorities right now. Where should you invest the most amount of money? Well, it is simple. There are some areas that are bound to be lucrative. Analytic systems, cloud data, social, security and mobile systems will all be important. Your budget is unlikely to be extensive, but you should communicate your needs. If you talk to the CEO, you can emphasise how crucial this area is.  

Leadership skills: how to adapt

As digitalisation is essential, you need to adapt your business methods to suit it. That way, you can help to empower your team and show them how to use digital skills. First of all, you need to decide what aspects of digitisation are valuable to your company. Forget about flashy transformations - you need to be the real deal. That means that you need to show people your long-term plan. Aside from that, you need to become a leader. That means that you need to educate your team when it comes to particular areas. If you begin to do so, you should have no issues. Every day, you need to inspire and engage people. If you have a vision, you should communicate that to your team. Ensure that they understand you and share your vision. That way, everyone will be on the same path.

Transforming your business 

So, how can digitalisation change your business? That is, of course, the core of your role. When you take an active part as a CIO, you stop just reporting on new things. Instead, you begin to show the CEO how you can transform the company. If you find ways in which you can improve the current business style, you will be of value to the firm. That means that you can become one of the leaders in the company. If you can change the way you use your skill set, people will look up to you. Before you know it, you will be a strong business leader.

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Charlie Knight

Written by Charlie Knight

Charlie has 3 years experience in digital marketing, helping B2B technology companies grow their businesses through inbound marketing before joining Vine Resources as Content Marketing Manager. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys travelling and the great outdoors, and he recently hiked from Mexico to Canada for charity.