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Transformation
on a Global Scale
An overhaul of the World Bank's IT function
gave the group a central role in helping the
Bank realize its dual mission of alleviating
poverty and creating shared prosperity
globally.

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ecessity may be the mother of invention, but it's
people that make it happen. For an IT organization
to help transform an institution, the individuals in the
technology group need to make a concerted effort to look
beyond their jobs in order to understand the needs, struggles,
and goals of the business. Only by doing so will they be able
to create and bring to the table new technology-enabled
solutions.
When I became CIO of the World Bank Group, my job was
to figure out how we could strategically apply technology to
either grow the business or make it run better. At that time,
though, very few of our IT staff members understood the
business. And only a handful could tell you the mission of the
Bank, what we call our twin goals: to alleviate poverty and
create shared prosperity.
I was intimately familiar with those goals, having come to the
CIO role from the operations group. That was a beneficial
perspective for me to have, putting me in a unique position
to be a bridge between the business and the technology
function. But I could not do that alone. I needed a team that
could connect the needs of the business with new technology
solutions and processes.



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