TEDxSydney Offers Solutions to CIO Struggles

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Everyone wants to feel important. Maybe it’s a natural human desire, constantly nudging us to push ourselves further. CIOs are no different — they want to be a vital asset to their organization every step of the way. The question is: how?

CIO recently tackled this issue by unpacking advice from TEDxSydney on how CIOs can make the most of their crucial position.

Once a profession relegated to brave souls unafraid of getting knee-deep in bash shells, Ethernet cables and dust bunnies, modern IT has largely become a point-and-click affair. As both technology and the CIO’s role continue to evolve, these leaders need professional awareness in order to stay current.

According to TEDx talks, the current challenges facing CIOs involve feeling ill-equipped as an IT expert, knowing when to invest in disruptive technologies and understanding the role of technology in all business domains.

Empowering CIOs to Succeed

When it comes to feeling inadequate at your job, Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes assures that you’re in good company, CIO reports. Everyone experiences impostor syndrome, and this experience simply represents an opportunity for growth. If you don’t feel worthy of the expert title you’ve been given, simply keep learning and asking the important questions — you’re probably not the only one asking them.

Knowing when to take the plunge on cutting-edge technology can feel a bit like betting on your favorite racehorse. It’s no wonder that many CIOs struggle to strike while the iron’s hot. One professor of psychology and cognitive science believes he has the answer. By using a mathematical theory called optimal stopping, Tom Griffiths argues that CIOs can find far better outcomes than simply going with their gut. Investing in some quantitative analysis before planning your next deployment can go a long way.

TEDxSydney concluded by addressing the increasing pressure on CIOs to be master visionaries of technology in their organization. Technology has become so pervasive that CIOs would need to be experts in just about every domain to live up to this standard.

It’s for precisely this reason that scientist and engineer Elanor Huntington suggests bringing in creatives to offer fresh perspectives, CIO reports. Look for those that can find creative applications for today’s disruptive technology in new domains. With the general population becoming increasingly tech-literate, encouraging those outside the IT umbrella to get involved with adapting technology to unique problems is a great way to crowdsource an otherwise overwhelming task.

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About The Author

Joe Hewitson

News Writer

With a degree in Applied Computing Technology and over a decade of service in the IT and Software Development industries, Joe Hewitson has acquired a keen ability to write about emerging technologies and the impact they have on businesses in many different industries. Accompanying his love for all things tech is a passion for writing informed and engaging pieces in a unique and easy to understand voice. Living in the beautiful arms of the Rocky Mountains, Joe is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running, biking, and fishing.