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CIO Role: How To Lead Transformation
The Enterprisers Project, October 8th, 2019
In this video interview, Quikrete CIO Jay Ferro candidly discusses what it takes for today's CIO to play a transformational role in their organization

"What does it take to deliver higher quality to more customers? How do you challenge yourself to stay one, two, three, and even four steps ahead of where you need to be?" asks Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"In his CXOTalk interviews, industry analyst Michael Krigsman leads in-depth discussions with business and technology leaders, getting them to share inside stories of their successes and challenges. Recently, Krigsman interviewed longtime Enterpriser Jay Ferro about what it takes for a CIO to become a transformational leader..."

To accelerate and sustain transformation, CIOs need to change the way they approach technology, engineering and operations. And that means shifting the focus from projects to products

"The average age of an S&P 500 company has now shrunk to less than 20 years, down from 60 years in the 1950s - and this is largely down to widespread technological disruption."

Rohit Nand writes in CIO, "From FinTech to ManufacturingTech and even BeautyTech, established organizations today recognize that they need to be technology-first in order to keep up with digital-native companies, as well as drive agility in how they develop new products, capture new markets and acquire new customers..."

For large organizations looking to build a robust cybersecurity strategy, failure to get the fundamentals in place practically guarantees a disaster

Zeljka Zorz writes in HelpNet Security, "If you ask Matthew Rosenquist, a former Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel (now independent), overcoming denial of risk, employing the right cybersecurity leader, and defining clear goals are the three most critical objectives for avoiding a negative outcome.

'Every organization, large and small, begins with a belief they are not at significant risk. This denial is dangerous and can persist even when attacks occur,' he told Help Net Security.

This denial must be addressed with facts and critical thinking and, once leadership accepts the need for cybersecurity and the responsibility for addressing related risks, they must find and employ a good cybersecurity leader..."

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