CIO Straight Talk - Issue 3 - 6
A Rare Business Leadership Opportunity for CIOs
Big data is the buzzword du jour in IT circles, where it appears to have
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edged out cloud computing in frequency of appearance on the agendas of
industry forums. Despite the hype and even the lack of a clear definition
big data is indeed an important development, one that presents
numerous challenges to companies and their IT organizations.
Perhaps the biggest challenge is realizing that “big data” isn’t really
about the abundance of data but about the business value that can
be extracted from it.
But in the flurry of white papers and conference sessions and
blog posts, something important is being overlooked: the
unusual opportunity big data presents for CIOs
traditionally seen as operational or technology leaders to
assume a long-sought business leadership role in their
organizations. Rather than contributing to the obsolescence
of the CIO and the IT function, as some have predicted, big data
actually opens the door for a CIO to lead the transformation of
his or her organization into the data-driven, digital enterprise
of the future.
After all, the abundance of data, the currency of the
information economy, essentially makes every company an
information company and should therefore place the chief
information officer at the center of the organization, or even at
the head of the entire enterprise.