It is important to remember that technology plays a central role in business today and every CIO needs to be making decisions that reflect the importance of this in their organization. The role of the CIO is changing as it grows in visibility and stature and the CIO of the future wants to achieve the objectives of the business without having to chase technology to meet these goals. Here are some key lessons for the CIO of the 21st century:

Companies need to innovate quickly - or get left behind With everything being online these days, even people’s personal lives cannot escape the digital world. So, in order for larger companies to remain relevant and keep up with the changing pace of their users and consumers, it is necessary to constantly reinvent business processes. It is important to be able to rapidly innovate in order to stay ahead of the competition with agility and speed.

Both Companies and Employees benefit from Consumerization of IT A CIO should aim to create more freedom within the organization, which would result in a more cooperative atmosphere. There has been much speculation about employees bringing their own devices to the workplace. More and more companies embrace this policy as it reduces costs and makes the company more mobile and collaborative.

CIOs should prioritize success over cost Companies are now emphasizing the importance of focusing on success first and cost second. IT is present within the organization to further innovation and deliver results by providing the relevant results to employees. While budget should be a concern, employee satisfaction and ease of use should be the primary focus and it is up to CIOs to drive innovation within the enterprise.

Challenge the status quo New technologies are constantly emerging and the disruption can cause entire organizations to disappear. In order for a company to avoid this fate, the first thing they need is agility. Said to be the key to surviving the age of rapid technological change, agility is said to be one of the most important initiatives within companies and the enemy of status quo. The best CIOs will challenge this manner of thought and constantly ask why they are doing what they are doing or if there is a better way. They will question existing tools, roles and processes.