HMG Strategy Reveals Six CIO Imperatives for 2016

Dec 03, 2015, 15:28 ET from HMG Strategy

WESTPORT, Conn., Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a year in which disruptive innovation has reshaped industries, HMG Strategy looks forward to 2016 with anticipation and optimism at the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for CIOs and IT leaders.

"There's never been a more exciting time in the world to be a CIO," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "There's a unique opportunity for CIOs to step up with courageous leadership qualities to build bridges across the enterprise and deliver tangible value to the business."

HMG Strategy, LLC, the world's foremost CIO/IT leader network of 110,000 thought leaders and executives, was recently recognized by as one of the Top Ten Tech Conferences Worth Attending in 2015. The company will produce more than 54 events over the next 12 months across the globe.

HMG Strategy foresees six strategic trends that will shape the CIO agenda in 2016:

  1. Empowering the CEO's Vision. In order to move the enterprise forward, the CIO needs to dial into the CEO's strategy for the company. In support of the CEO's tactics for entering new markets, driving innovation, delivering exceptional customer experiences, and generating revenue and earnings, the CIO must marshal the people, processes, and technology needed to execute on this vision. To make this work, the CIO also must cultivate effective, two-way communication to foster an open and trusting relationship.
  2. The Risk Guardian. Given the increasing risks facing the enterprise, the CIO needs to communicate clearly and regularly with the C-suite and board about how the nature of cyber security threats are changing and intensifying. The CIO can play a critical role in providing executive management with greater visibility into cyber security threats, including opportunities to become more proactive about potential risks to better insulate the enterprise.
  3. Growing a Top-Tier IT Team. In order to deliver on soaring business expectations, the CIO needs to develop a deep IT team that requires finding, recruiting, nurturing, and retaining the right people with the right skills. This starts with having a thorough understanding of the company's goals and building the skills and competencies needed to achieve the mission.
  4. Simplifying IT. To position the enterprise to respond to emerging market opportunities and threats with speed and dexterity, CIOs need to reduce IT complexity. This includes working behind the scenes to make data accessibility easier for end users, while improving interconnectivity between applications and systems.
  5. Partnering with the World. The best leaders recognize that everyone is a potential partner. Savvy CIOs will expand their relationships with industry associates by forming digital connections, collaborating with HR for talent, and teaming with the C-suite to identify opportunities for driving business value and results.
  6. Leading a World-Class Culture. Peter Drucker famously said "culture eats strategy for breakfast." The CIO is uniquely positioned to enable the enterprise to drive cultural transformation through speed to performance and by differentiating the IT organization around speed to relationships.  

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