CIO Straight Talk - Issue 9 - 46
Another important aspect of the digital
revolution requiring special attention and new
responsibilities is cybersecurity. It's a whole new
frontier now. I hired a CISO, put in a new risk
management program, partnered with a security
operations firm to do monitoring for us, and
instituted extensive training on internal threats.
This was all done in close cooperation with the
league's internal security function, because the
threats we face in our stadiums often hops from
the digital world into the physical world.
of their careers. Traditionally, the type of work a
CIO does offers good training ground for taking
on an expanded operations role in a company.
A universally recognized need was
players' safety. We developed a video
system that tracks and monitors
players during the game to instantly
recognize a play that could be
potentially harmful to the player and
triggers a decision to stop the game.
CIOs as change management experts,
product developers, sales leaders and revenue
generators. These are some of the new hats CIOs
wear today, additions to their existing skill set
and experiences. I'm on two public companies'
boards, and a common topic of discussion is how
hard it is to find CIOs who really understand the
Those who do are able to successfully lead
digital transformations acquire skills and
expertise that prepare them for the next stage
But in conversations with a major executive
search firm recently, I learned that they're
beginning to look for CEOs among the ranks of
capable, digitally-savvy CIOs.
If you are a CIO that is strategically positioned
in an organization, someone who helps drive
revenues, manage risk, and connect the dots
across the whole company, you're getting great
training for a CEO position. The digital revolution
not only transforms the enterprise, it can also
transform your career trajectory.
* Leading a digital transformation requires a CIO to become as much sales
executive as technology expert. That means building relationships and
influencing decision-makers inside - and outside - the organization.
* As IT's credibility with the business grows, it can go beyond traditional IT
solutions and develop an array of technology products that will benefit
* Change management is a big part of a CIO's work in leading a digital
transformation, and one key to success is giving people a taste of a new
solution to whet their appetite before it is rolled out.