Great CIO Debate 2011

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Great CIO Debate 2011

  1. 1. The Great CIO Debate CIOs are now true business technologists properly valued by their enterprises Yes or No? Charles Mok Internet Society Hong Kong Hong Kong Information Technology Federation
  2. 2. Yes? No? <ul><li>Did we choose the wrong side? </li></ul><ul><li>We actually agree with everything that our opposing team said and will say....except.... </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Answer is NO! <ul><li>Our team will present to you why the answer is NO. </li></ul><ul><li>The argument: </li></ul><ul><li>CIOs are now true business technologists </li></ul><ul><li>properly valued by their enterprises </li></ul>
  4. 4. Is it still true? <ul><li>Are CIOs still: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Caretakers of computer systems and networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical deployment and maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Having relatively little influence on strategic planning? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Evolution expected... <ul><li>From technology to information (hence C I O) </li></ul><ul><li>From operation to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All about business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>That is the way it is supposed to be, but has it taken place, to significant enough extent? </li></ul>
  6. 6. The influence of CIOs <ul><li>CIOs should influence strategic planning of the enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>A matter of degree </li></ul><ul><li>Also, influence is a two-way street </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Influencing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be influenced? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the end, can CIOs survive the corporate battlefield, especially if and when they venture out into the realm of the enterprises' strategies? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some people say... <ul><li>CIOs are increasingly asked to articulate the value of IT to the business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they listen? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CIOs are expected to have greater understanding of the business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are CIOs given the chance to understand the business, or make the changes necessary? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. I give you these examples... <ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul><ul><li>Energy / Green </li></ul><ul><li>Even out of necessity to change, e.g. IPv6 </li></ul><ul><li>CIOs are often discouraged from making bold steps forward because of enterprises' lack of progressive long-term value on technology and innovation, and over-emphasis on short-term P&L </li></ul>
  9. 9. How many CIOs can truly realize: <ul><li>Technology and innovation is a part of business strategy </li></ul><ul><li>The company's business is in fact a technology service business (no matter what industry it is in) </li></ul><ul><li>Some can, but how many? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What we are really saying is... <ul><li>This debate is really about our Collective Wish vs. the Reality </li></ul><ul><li>We are on your side </li></ul><ul><li>Are CIOs given the chance? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Back to the theme <ul><li>CIOs are now true business technologists </li></ul><ul><li>properly valued by their enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>We say: not yet. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 莫乃光 Charles Mok [email_address] http://www.charlesmok.hk http://www.isoc.hk

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