A CIO wasn’t the same as a CIO in 2019 in the year 2000. While the traditional role of CIO meant that they were IT providers with a focus on development and operations, the new IT model envisages the CIO as a broker and service orchestrator with a focus on innovation. David Higginson, CIO at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, believes that up to this day there have been three CIO waves.”It was kind of a plumber-type person in the’ 80s and’ 90s who got the network working, got the servers running, got the emails going, and that was their job,” he explained during a 2018 Health IT Conference interview. “Next, in the 2000s, we got into having large budgets and being tasked by the organization’ Go make this happen.’ I think many CIOs today have done really well in this project management, system implementation-type field.” The current scene for CIOs is quite different from what it was 20 years ago and is now closely intertwined with the organization’s business dimension.”The CIO of today is no longer an engineering expert supplying hardware and software,” said John Halamka, a long-standing title holder at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “The CIO communicates widely, convenes governance groups and promotes innovation.”
We all enjoyed interviewing Bruce Lee where he says “be water, my friend.” Well, CIOs, my friends, be water! CIO is a dynamic role that must be constantly changing to be successful and stay afloat. If the job responsibilities in the last 10 years have changed, they will continue to change again in the next decade. Disruptive technologies will influence and prompt change as well as digital transformations. You can also change your responsibilities by introducing new legislation. A pre-GDPR CIO had not the same concerns as a post-GDPR CIO.
The expansion of the role of CIO means that other posts related to technology such as the CDO or CTO may fall directly under the responsibility of the former. New ways of working are needed to make the digital world flexible and responsive. In a world that changes at the speed of light, only businesses and CIOs will be able to recognize and adapt to change quickly.