New business models, cutting-edge technologies, a volatile world economy, and bottom-up driven social developments and needs are among the challenges present-day organisations have to cope with to remain relevant. This requires a total transformation and breaking through the traditional frameworks.
This transformation yields numerous opportunities for the company, due to the vast array of digital possibilities, as well as for the CIO, who owes it to the omnipresence of technology that he or she is at the centre of developments. A new form of governance dynamics is gradually emerging, in which the CIO is gaining importance while plotting the course in collaboration with his fellow managers more than ever before. Rigidity is making way for flexibility in terms of operation, business models and management.
Traditional frameworks and protocols offer something to hold on to where predictability and control are concerned, but frameworks like COSO, COBIT, ITIL and collective labour agreements can be impediments. The ‘soft’ aspects rather than the ‘hard’ aspects contribute to a successful transformation – from bureaucracy to a multidisciplinary approach.
Time for a breakthrough? And what about the frameworks of the new world? Organisations – often with the CEO and CIO first and foremost among them – investigate how best to design business-oriented innovation internally. Many managers have to deal with the stress of choosing when facing a range of methodologies and methods like Agile (Scrum), DevOps, Lean and variants of these, no matter how useful they are. And these new frameworks, too, can degenerate into dogmas, straitjackets and barriers of pain.
Whatever the frameworks you eventually end up with, a total transformation and breaking through frameworks call for a cross-functional approach, in which the COO, CFO, CMO, CEO, HR and the supervisory board member all play a part. A good CIO is well prepared and has already strengthened the bonds with his fellow managers. Does the total transformation issue require new governance? It is time for a broad discussion. Time for a breakthrough at CIODAY2016!