You are hired to be strategic, but spend most of your time on operational issues. You are expected to innovate but you are also the steward of risk mitigation and cost containment. You are expected to deliver revolutionary new business growth but are managed as a cost centre. IT can make or break a company, but why do CIOs rarely have a seat at the top table?
This episode I talk with Paul Littlefair about his views on the function of a CIO.
Paul Littlefair was recently the CIO of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), a dairy-farmer owned agri-tech co-operative. Under Paul's guidance, LIC embarked on a significant modernization of its legacy systems, moving a billion cow records into the cloud, to deliver superior digital experiences to NZ Dairy Farmers.
To achieve this Paul reshaped his team and delivery processes to align with agile, cloud native technologies. He is ranked #2 in the NZ CIO50 and was awarded NZ CIO of the Year 2019.
While digital technologies provide possibilities for efficiency gains and customer experience, if the organisation lacks the right mindset for change or current practices are flawed then adding technology will simply magnify those flaws. These are some of the challenges you face in the transformation of your business.
Which is why we focus on equipping your business with the knowledge, training, and support required to ensure lasting digital transformation will become a reality.
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