This is last video on the topic of CIO and IT skills needed for success. It, like the previous two, was taken from the think tank Dell Services hosted earlier this year in Silicon Valley. It features Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society and Barry Libenson, SVP and CIO, Safeway.
Both Jay and Barry agree that the CIO of the future will need very different skills than today but they differ on how much technical knowledge he or she will need. As Jay says, “I don’t need to understand the nuance of the digestive system to know how to eat.” Take a listen.
I would say that now, as in the future, the CIO and IT in general need to be business people first, and technologists second. And the same goes for other functions as well whether you’re marketing or finance or HR, you need to be business people first.
Next week I will have five videos from the think tank that all focus on software and applications.
The Think Tank, Sessions one and two
- Think Tank Session 1- Welcome to the application-centric world – best practices in the ‘greenfield’
- Think tank Session 2- Nexus of forces – CIOs under pressure and the rise of the enterprise developer
Extra-credit reading (previous videos)
- App Think Tank: The skills and people IT needs most
- App Think Tank: What a CIO must do
- App Think Tank: What do customers expect
- App Think Tank: IT is facing competition for the first time ever
- App Think Tank: The persistently, ubiquitously connected to the network era
- App Think Tank: The Web Of C-Level Relationships
Pau for now…