Why Technology Leaders Need to Be Strategic Change Agents

Deloitte Partner Deepa Seshadri on the Transformation of Tech Leaders
Deepa Seshadri, partner and CIO Program leader, Deloitte India

Deloitte's 2023 Global Technology Leadership Study found that tech executives need to be strategic change agents, influencing the ambitions of entire companies while maintaining the integrity of the infrastructure that enables it all. The objective of the survey was to understand the evolving role of tech leaders.

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"If our technology leader is undergoing a transition in their role, we aim to support them in refining their self-perception. We also observe that technology leaders often operate independently," said Deepa Seshadri, partner and CIO Program leader, Deloitte India. "They need a networking opportunity that can facilitate meaningful conversations with other tech leaders, and we are creating such opportunities from a networking standpoint."

Apart from providing networking opportunities, the CIO Program also drives periodic conversations through CIO roundtables. Deloitte's advisory newsletter Techtonic offers summaries on thought leadership.

"Today, tech leaders are at the heart of everything in an organization. The roles of tech leaders are moving more from operations to strategy. Tech leaders are aspiring to take on CEO roles, a topic we extensively discuss in our roundtables," Seshadri said.

In this video interview with ISMG, Seshadri also discussed:

  • The Deloitte CIO Customer Experience Program;
  • Grooming the next generation of tech leaders;
  • Leadership roles for women in technology.

Seshadri specializes in cyber strategy and transformation-related areas as well as emerging technologies, with a focus on manufacturing (industrial products) and technology companies.

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Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira

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Pereira has nearly three decades of journalism experience. He is the former editor of CHIP, InformationWeek and CISO MAG. He has also written for The Times of India and The Indian Express.

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