In your opinion, is the role of CIO/IT leader becoming more or less strategic within your organization?

In your opinion, is the role of CIO/IT leader becoming more or less strategic within your organization?

Kamal Sharma

Kamal Sharma, CIO

Organizations looking towards digital transformation are shifting CIO role to strategic one.

William Tran

William Tran, CIO

Does a CIO need to have a technical background?

Julie Cullivan

Julie Cullivan, CTO

More! IT is the business/product/service for most companies.

Ali Katkhada

Ali Katkhada, GCIO

I believe all C suit should have strategic knowledge and well understanding of the business processes Surely CIO has to have technical knowledge however he/she should not be be dragged into too much of technical and lose the strategic big picture

Clifton Persaud

Clifton Persaud, Assistant Director of IT Audits

More strategic and implement new technology to help the business achieve its objectives

Phani Raj

Phani Raj, CIO

More Strategic with new technology implementations for process and customer improvements.

Chin Kiat CHIM

Chin Kiat CHIM, CISO

More!! CIO should drive the digitalisation journey for the company to stay competitive, and at the same time keep The existing IT operations running without disruption.

Luki Handoko

Luki Handoko, CIO

More strategic, CIO can become a game changer that could revitalize the entire business.

John Trujillo

John Trujillo, VP of IT

The role of the CIO and of IT in general is definitely becoming more strategic. Every aspect of a modern business is enabled by IT. Increasingly, the CIO will be considered a potential successor to the CEO.  Leveraging data for strategic insights is where battles over competitive differentiation are being won and lost.  In my opinion, companies, in any industry, that do not understand the importance of data analytics and of using technology to constantly improve the customer experience will not survive. 

William Chitla

William Chitla, Director of IT

More strategic 

Steven SIM Kok Leong

Steven SIM Kok Leong, VP

More strategic. With industrial revolution 4.0 and the rise in the adoption of cyber-physical systems, the reliance of critical infrastructure and whole economies on the adequacy of cyber security posture for these systems are on the increase. The CIO/CISO has a pivotal job of holding it up together.

Jibrail Idris

Jibrail Idris, CIO

Definitely more strategic. As technology gets more interwined in all aspects of business, delivering prioritized and impactful value to stakeholders has never been more challenging. The line between business and IT had been blurred and a leader with a good grasp of both technology and business is essential to navigate through the chaos. 

Imthiaz Shabeer Ahmed

Imthiaz Shabeer Ahmed, Director of IT

With the invent of new technologies, it is becoming more strategic.

Naveen Krishna Yamarthi

Naveen Krishna Yamarthi, Director of Operations

  OF course, yes, and more importantly the trend of Technology leaders getting involved in strategy is on a steep increasing slope. I See CIOs & IT leaders getting more & more involved in strategic discussions in organizations all the way to the board level decisions. And this is a very positive sign!!   With ‘Robotics’, ‘Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Machine Learning’, ‘Block Chain’ kind of digital transformations reshaping organizations and changing the end product parameters in many domains like Automobile [Autonomous Cars], Manufacturing [Industry 4.0], Healthcare [ On demand & Real time drug efficacy], Supply Chain [ Block Chains], it is going to be a super busy days for technology leadership teams going forward. With that being said,  CIOs should also do their part in ensuring they are caught up with the future market requirements. Gone are days where “IT” used to be a cost centre circling around SDLC & ITSM alone.   So, I would say, Do you bit – build credibility & showcase how future technologies not only adds value to organizations but become necessary for sustaining on a longer run. It is always 2 hands for a clap : )

Jae Lee

Jae Lee, CTO

In the past, the CIO or IT leadership role was commonly perceived as a IT manager. Digital transformation is regarded as one of the key factors to run a successful organization. As a result, decisions coming from CIOs today are impacting cross functions with an organization.

Sean Dawson

Sean Dawson, Director of IT

We undoubtedly see the role to be a more strategic. As a Managed IT Services Provider, our customers find a lot of value in the strategic side of our relationship. This extends out to our prospect customers as well, it is quite often they are looking for strategic advice from their partners.

Abbas Dandach

Abbas Dandach, VP of IT

Yes, CIO role now days is less technical and more focused on business performance at a strategic level

Ferhad Ismail

Ferhad Ismail, Manager of IT

Definitely more strategic. There is a big focus on making sense of the data in the organization to drive better decision making. Furthermore, with transformation almost a constant in various industries, aligning the technology roadmap so that the company has the tools to execute it' future strategy is essential. It is commonly said that the CIO of the future will need to have an excellent commercial understanding of the business on top of his technical acumen.

Jack Lim Sih Wee 林旭伟

Jack Lim Sih Wee 林旭伟, Assistant Vice President

Yes, the role of the CIO/IT leader is becoming more strategic within my organisation.  We are now in the 4th industrial revolution, which is all about Cyber-physical systems, AI, AR, VR, big data, robotics, 3D printing, IoT, blockchain etc.  Most of the world's largest enterprises by market capital are mainly technology companies (Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft,  Amazon, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba). What this means is that the business operates through data-driven / technology platforms which replace traditional industries to become the new most valuable company.  For the real estate industry,  CIO is required to come out with strategic plans to engage employees to upskill their knowledge in new technology areas and to prepare for the unexpected disruptive technologies. Seeking new ideas to improve all the applicable traditional processes through planning, engaging, designing, and building real estate products for consumers, will be paramount in this day and age where competition is fierce.

Clyde Allen

Clyde Allen, Director of IT

Yes it is now much more strategic, especially with the advent of cognitive, or AI solutions. IT with other areas of the business are leading both the growth and revenue of the business going forward.

Kash Ziaei

Kash Ziaei, Director of IT

The role of the CIO, rightly so, is becoming more and more strategic.  IT in its traditional sense is no longer. Traditional IT is now a commodity which can and should be outsourced. The role of the IT and the CIO is moving towards being a service broker and strategic part of an organisation which along with all other areas of the business is responsible for driving strategic thinking and innovation to drive topline growth and ensure below the line remains as lean and efficient as possible. 

Rajesh Patil

Rajesh Patil, CEO

The role of a CIO is surely becoming more strategic and if it’s not, then the role must be obsolete. Companies are less focused on operational efficiency, reducing cost and technology upgradtion and are shifting towards "Value Delivery". It does not matter how you deliver value to your customers, employees or stakeholders, you may deliver value by making processes efficient or implementing new technology solution; but delivering value must be the end result. You can only deliver value by implementing the right strategy.  Today 90% of the businesses are technology driven businesses and CIO's play a key strategic role in leading the organization towards future  growth using technology as a tool or an enabler. If CIO is thinking tactical and strategic, they will NOT be able to deliver value or help grow the business. So, it’s important to make sure the CIO role is becoming Strategic and the CIO knows the strategy to grow the businesses using technology.

Easwaran Arnold

Easwaran Arnold, Director of IT

It depends on who the IT leader reports to. Reporting to a CFO/COO typically ends up in the IT leader serving the agenda of finance or operations, thus limiting the strategic opportunities that the CIO could bring to the table as it's vetted by the lens of a specific business function rather than the business as a whole. This typically happens in small to medium enterprises where the legacy mindset can still exist that IT is a support/administrative function. If reporting to a CEO, then the IT leader can actually have better opportunities to contribute more strategically to the organisation. 

Vikram Damle

Vikram Damle, Director of IT

It has become less strategic since it finally revolves around cost / ROI where not necessarily CIO is the decision maker. CIO may provide strategic inputs but i feel only 10% of it gets approved.

Ahmed Al Marzooqi

Ahmed Al Marzooqi, Director of IT

Nowadays IT is part of business and any successful business have strong IT


Ivan Piacun MIITP CITPNZ, Director of IT

Definitely more strategic especially with the incorporation of digital transformation and machine learning being applied to the organisation.

Neil Lee

Neil Lee, Director of IT

It is essential for IT leaders to become more strategic and align resources to develop the key business capabilities. Organisations will be more successful when IT works closely (or takes the lead) with other leaders in the business to continually develop digital solutions for business capabilities using a product management approach. 

Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas, Executive Director

The role of the CIO has become a more strategic role within the business. We are no longer in charge of keeping the blinking lights on, but are a key stakeholder in ensuring the technology is aligned with the business goals, objectives, mission and vision. 

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui, Director of IT

Definitely more strategic. Changing the focus from IT as an administrative unit to IT as a solution provider. Shifting the focus from building in house to buying commercial products at a competitive price. Helping the organization make technology chives that are aligned to the goals of teaching, research and healthcare

David Smith

David Smith, Director of IT

The role of the CIO is definitely becomming far more strategic in most organisations - and very much needs to. With IT being a major business enabler and an avenue for both efficiency and growth the CIO has a pivotal role for most modern businesses. For some though IT has perhaps become more of a commodity with parts that can easily and cheaply be swapped in and out, both in terms of equipment and people in a very flooded market.

Eyas Subaih

Eyas Subaih, Director of IT

CDO become the strategic role and took the lead of digital initiatives with more power and influence to drive business. 

Abdur Rahman Wyne

Abdur Rahman Wyne, Director of IT

More strategic than ever. Across industry، IT is considered to be THE enabler for business agility, customer centric operations, effective and efficient use of assets and most importantly creating visibility for management and strategic decisions. IT ( and surrounding technologies) is now enabling new revenue streams for the organizations. (XaaS, creating and capturing Value from data), disrupting traditional ecosystems and organizations with transformational digital ambitions surely have IT/ CIO driving strategic steerCo for leveraging digital platform based businesses, IOT, block chain, cloud and AI based solutions with in and across vertical industries. This also calls for organizational capacity building driven by CIO.

Krushal Shah

Krushal Shah, CIO

With Digital agenda on all organisations radar, the role of CIO is more of a business leader. The digital opportunity cannot be ignored and it’s essential that organisation makes it a priority.

Anas Eltahir

Anas Eltahir, CIO

It is now more strategic, The AI, Smart Services, Digital Transformation and the effects of the IT security risks in the business made most of the CIO's decisions strategic. 

Anthony McMahon

Anthony McMahon, Director of IT

The role of a CIO is definitely becoming more strategic, driven by the rapid changes in technology and the significant growth in data. Both of these mean that technology is a business enabler and required to be a part of the business strategy 

Matiur Rahman

Matiur Rahman, Director of IT

Definitely. Now a days, all the things are going to depend on IT related product and services. So, top level IT related people should engage or involve more for any organizational strategic decisions. 

Carmen Casagranda

Carmen Casagranda, CIO

Ultimately technology is the least relevant focus for the organisation.  The key is understanding the purpose - what is the customer journey?  What do we want to achieve and what does that success look like?  

Nagendra Prasad, SAFe® 4 Agilist, CSM

Nagendra Prasad, SAFe® 4 Agilist, CSM, Delivery Manager

Yes, CIO is now seen as the enabler, he will need to interface with CTO, different departments and chart out a direction for the organization

Andrew Ogbourne

Andrew Ogbourne, Director

The CIO it's becoming more strategic because "running" the tech has become a commodity and other leaders are becoming less afraid of leading IT.  Solid, efficient, nimble IT services must be a given.  It's not trivial but it's a ticket to play, not a differentiator for CIOs. The CIO role as "the IT who let's the rest of us off the hook of having to worry about tech." has gone. To remain relevant, CIOs must first be leaders of the CxO discussion about what their organisation will do and be for its customers in a digital economy.  They then need to be able to bring together the people, partners and providers to realise that vision.

Mizan Chowdhury

Mizan Chowdhury, Chief Executive Officer

Less strategic. Not many organizations where I below understand the real importance and benefit of having a experienced IT leader in their payroll, 

Mahgoub Mahdi, CTPM®, BSc(HON), MBA

Mahgoub Mahdi, CTPM®, BSc(HON), MBA, Director of IT

I think is becoming more strategic, since IT is gaining renewed interest from top business executives to deal with regulatory compliance for an accurate information as well as seeking  innovation in their products. Now technology is playing central role in every product and service delivered.