The Evolution of the CIO

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How Will Tomorrow's CIO Be Different?

Some of tomorrow's CIOs will come from the traditional disciplines such as IT and engineering, but an increasing percentage will come from non-technical backgrounds as the importance of aligning business and IT strategy at the board level grows. They will drive more of a partnership model with the business and with technology vendors – this includes crowdsourcing some aspects of IT strategy from the business, leveraging best-of-breed solutions from vendor partners, and depending on strong IT architecture/engineering functions to integrate solutions into a set of business services.

Modern CIOs are attempting to balance the legacy of yesterday with the demands of digital business in the twenty-first century, so what does that mean for the future of our CIOs? It means we should expect a CIO with an increasingly diverse, non-technical background who partners more with the broader business to deliver innovation and value.

In order for businesses to remain competitive in their ability to innovate, a CIO's ability to play a major role in partner and customer relations is a priority. Outstanding leadership and influencing skills will determine which CIOs are most successful in the future.

In this slideshow, Kevin Griffin, CIO, GE Capital International, takes a look at how CIOs have, and will, evolve in the future.

Kevin Griffin has responsibility for information technology across the consumer and commercial finance businesses that comprise GE Capital International. He is currently based in London, UK. Prior to this role, Kevin held a number of increasingly responsible CIO roles within GE Capital businesses in Europe: Capital EMEA (2008-2013), GE Corporate Financial Services (2004-2008) and GE Equipment Services (2002-2004). Between 1993 and 2001, Kevin held IT leadership roles with GE Plastics across the EMEA, Americas and Asia poles, being appointed CIO of GE Plastics Americas in 1999, before returning to Europe to join GE Capital in 2002.

 

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