Why CIOs Should Become Tech and Systems Resource Officers

CIOs Should Focus on Providing Standards, Tech, Data and Digital Literacy
Tony Saldanha, co-founder of Inixia Inc

The role of a CIO is constantly evolving. Two decades ago, the CIO was tasked with technology implementation, its standardization across the company and scaling it up. Today, however, the CIO is an agent of change who drives growth through a digital engine. A key aspect of a CIO's role is technology governance.

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"Unlike a few decades ago when CIOs acted as a funnel to develop solutions and own data, today their role is more granular and board-facing. CIOs are the ones who not only take care of tech governance but also the governance of vendors, data standards and third-party risks," says Tony Saldanha, co-founder of Inixia Inc. "Similar to how CHRO provides human resources for various functions in an enterprise, the CIO should become a chief information and systems resource officer to provide standards, digital capabilities and digital literacy to their organization."

In a video interview with ISMG, Saldanha discusses:

  • The changing role of a CIO - from enabler to digital transformation driver;
  • An all-encompassing governance including technology, vendor and third-party risks;
  • The growing requirement for acquiring soft skills, effective communication and change management skills.

Saldanha is a veteran IT leader, best-selling author and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in disruptive IT/shared services strategy, shared services outsourcing, consulting and technology-enabled business building. In his decades-long career, Saldanha held CIO positions, managed acquisitions and divestitures, ran large-scale outsourcing, created industry-wide disruptive innovation structures, and designed new business models.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani comes with more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism. He has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. In his current role, Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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