“There is an IT attention deficit in the C-suite of most businesses,” said Professor Joe Peppard from the Cranfield School of Management (UK), in the first international keynote that opened the CIO Summit in Auckland this morning. Peppard delivered his keynote to a full room at Sky City Convention Centre, kickstarting the annual two-day event where New Zealand’s leading CIOs and senior IT professionals discuss the most pressing issues affecting the role of the CIO.
Peppard believes the role of IT leaders has become progressively more complex and they are now expected to be visionaries. He also believes CIOs need to be seen as the business leaders they effectively are. The CIO role is very ambiguous. If you go to your C-suite colleagues and ask what your role is, everybody’s got a different view,” he told the audience.
For the professor, it is important that organisations realise the value of IT and reward CIOs for innovation and growth. “CEOs should reward CIOs not just for keeping the lights on but for growth and innovation.”
The first international keynote at the CIO Summit ended with the question: “Are you a business leader with special responsibility for IT or do you see yourself as an IT leader who’s delivering to a business?” For Peppard, the answer to this question will determine the value that an organisation generates from IT.
The CIO’s role in driving business growth and the challenges faced by CIOs are some of the main topics of the two-day conference that will run until tomorrow in Auckland.
The winners of the annual CIO Awards will be announced at the CIO Summit Dinner tonight.
The finalists for the CIO of the Year award are Michael Collins (CIO, Otago Polytechnic), Ken Holley (head of technology, Localist), Russell Jones (COO, ASB Bank) and Matt O'Mara (CIO, Careers New Zealand). As for the Emerging ICT Talent award, the list of finalists includes Amber Craig (senior designer, Telecom New Zealand), Connon Daly (manager, the IT team, Hairy Lemon Web Solutions) and Daniel McKenzie (developer, Trade Me). The finalists for the award in Excellence in IT recruitment are Candle, Potentia and Sead.