Gartner’s ESCAPE model – 6 steps to change leadership

By Brian Jackson, Editorial Director, IT World Canada VANCOUVER – If you’re leading a change management initiative at your organization, you might feel like you just need to escape – and that’s exactly what Gartner research vice-president Elise Olding advocates, but not in the way you’d expect. “If you want your organization to change, you and … Read more

Digital Business: Seize the Opportunity

Enterprises hire Chief Digital Officer’s (CDOs) to lead a digital transformation, but “digital” has various definitions. It could refer to customer engagement through digital channels, or it could mean creating a full-scale digital business. Thus, the requirements for CDO positions reveal a lot about the enterprise’s overall vision for digitalization. This vision presents challenges and … Read more

6 CIO responsibilities for digital business

How clearly defined are your responsibilities for digital business? Are you the a) champion; b) influencer; c) facilitator of digital strategy — or d) a bit of all three? If your answer is “d,” you aren’t alone. Digital business is changing market paradigms and enterprise priorities at blink-and-you’ll-miss-it speed.
Thanks to the digital revolution, CIOs have an unprecedented opportunity to transform themselves and their departments, and become a key voice at the executive table and boardroom. At the upcoming Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Toronto, the leadership role the CIO must play in digital business will be explained as contextual and depends on more than self-initiative. Digital business is a fast-moving team sport and, as such, requires role clarity and synchronization to succeed. One of the first acts of leadership a CIO can contribute to the enterprise is to drive digital role clarity and teamwork expectations.