Last week I attended a CIO Executive Leadership Summit here in Palo Alto. It was a great chance to interact with Silicon Valley IT execs driving transformation, innovation, and value creation in our rapidly changing connected world. Speakers included Tim Campos (CIO of Facebook), Kimberly Stevenson (CIO of Intel), Ralph Loura (CIO of Clorox), Mark Egan (CIO of VMWare), and Tom Keiser (CIO of Gap) just to name a few.
The event is structured to help IT leaders learn what it means to be transformational – to guide company-wide projects that result in significant changes to company strategy, value creation, revenue generation, and innovative products and services.
With the convergence of mobile, social, cloud and Big Data, CIOs cannot afford to ignore the importance IT has on the strategy, innovation, and ultimately business success of the companies they lead. Technology is core to a vast majority of initiatives that drive change.
Consumerization of IT is a passion of mine (and in particular the consumerization of integration), and there was no shortage of CIOs focused on the urgent need to make enterprise work environments equal to, if not better than, what many of their employees enjoy at home. Imagine that. Trying to be more convenient, efficient, and easy to use than what you can put together yourself from off the shelf products from your local electronics store.
But as IT departments look to provide a “consumer-like” enterprise environment for their employees, customers, and partners, why is there not a similar effort to make IT tools and platforms equally as easy to use? Whereas the iPhone “redefined” the smartphone market by resetting the consumer expectations of what a smartphone could be, when is someone going to “redefine” and “consumerize” the way IT departments integrate Big Data, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Media data and applications so enterprises can scale their businesses to not only keep up with the rapid pace of change their customers, partners, and employees demand of them, but to drive competitive advantage to innovate new products, develop new channels of revenue generation, and outwit their competition?
Transformational CIOs require transformational software. It exists, you just have to find it.
By: Rick Kawamura