You guys ever stop and think about our boy the CIO? Like do we even need to use that title anymore? And if we do, where does it hold up in the pecking order of corporate politics these days? At the top, or lower than your grandma’s sock drawer?
It’s not just a trivial question, it’s super important. Both in the nitty-gritty operational side of things, and the smoke and mirrors world of branding and customer perception. This Chief Information Officer title – does it still have what it takes to be up there with the big dogs of the C-Suite? We got my man Conor Jenson, Chief Data Officer of Dataiku, preaching the word that maybe these CIOs aren’t up to snuff anymore. With AI and Machine Learning taking over, maybe the title doesn’t do justice to the role anymore. They tried switching it up to Chief Digital Officer a few years back, but it didn’t stick. Guess everyone realized that digitalizing everything wasn’t the be-all and end-all of business. The CIO still held the keys to the kingdom – all that precious business info.
But now with AI on the scene, the CIO issue is back on the chopping block. Maybe they should add some new blood to the C-Suite to really milk the potential of new tech. Maybe the CIO should be the ringleader of a team of specialists – a Chief Digitalization Officer, Chief Data Analytics Officer, Chief Technology Utilization Officer, and so on. But check it, causing a ruckus in the C-Suite like that could set up a whole political minefield. Who’s calling the shots under the CIO?
My man Jenson says these CIOs aren’t playing the game the way they should be. They’re just there to keep the lights on, making sure the servers don’t blow up. But the CTO – they’re out there on the edge, finding new ways to push the business forward. Are CIOs out of their league now? Who knows, but the majority of them aren’t ready to handle AI. They’re getting left in the dust while real AI tech is barreling towards them like a freight train.
So the question is – are CIOs about to get left in the dust? To Jenson and Dataiku, the real question is about the direction a company is headed in. Is AI part of the game plan, and do CIOs have what it takes to navigate that path? What’s the next step for the company, and how does tech come into play? The future is here, and it’s moving fast.