Technology is disrupting business and changing the face of IT. No longer can CIOs and IT professionals operate in a silo. Today, we need to become business leaders who understand the businesses and how to use technology to help solve business problems for our external customers. Technology disruption changes the traditional IT model, but we embrace it and capitalize on the changes to improve our business results.
Leadership is key to thriving in this new environment. In past years, CIOs rarely presented to the boards of their companies. When they did, their presentations typically focused on technical matters. They worked to keep their presentations short because they knew that senior executives were not especially interested in technology. Today, when I meet with the HP board, I encounter an engaged and interested audience. Most business people today understand the value of technology, and they want to know how IT can contribute to improved business outcomes.
In many ways, the job of the CIO is harder now than it was in the past. It is no longer enough to provide technology solutions to the business. We are expected to deliver business value to the enterprise. That's a huge shift for the CIO role. Today, we are truly integrated with our businesses, and we must meet high expectations. Executive management expects us to provide solutions that will help the company launch new lines of business, enter new markets, acquire new customers, and ultimate increase revenue.