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All change? The CIO challenge in the next five years

What of the CIO? Ankur Anand, CIO at Nash Squared, looks at how the role of the Chief Information Officer has evolved and where it’s heading in the future.

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier – but is it getting harder to be a CIO?

There is a rising tide of technology as it becomes ever more important to how companies operate. But whether or not the CIO becomes more important with it depends on how the individual responds. Whereas going back a decade or so technology was mostly controlled on-premise by the CIO, the move to the cloud has democratised IT.

There aren’t just multiple stakeholders but even multiple owners of tech now. This means that CIOs need a new mindset and new skills, collaborating with the business, influencing, guiding, persuading.

They need to be more fluid, adaptable and prepared to deal with the ambiguity that can come from blurred lines. It’s very different to the ‘command and control’ of the past.

And it doesn’t end there. Over the coming years, I expect the evolution of the role to accelerate even further. CIOs will need to adjust and adapt even more to deliver against expectations.

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Crimson is part of Nash Squared, the leading global provider of talent and technology solutions.