The changing role of the CIO to that of a business leader was one of the trends IT leader panelists and researchers at MIT's annual CIO Symposium agreed is forthcoming.
In a keynote on why cloud has moved to the top of the C-suite agenda, Steve Van Kuiken, a senior partner at McKinsey, said cloud transformations fail when the board and executive team aren't made an integral part of the discussion to migrate.
Van Kuiken suggested three actions CIOs can take to help their CEO and board understand cloud's potential. It starts with speaking in a language they can understand, making the opportunity real with use cases, and keeping them in the conversation.
Suneet Dua, products and technology chief growth officer at PwC U.S., said companies are not doing enough to upskill employees. While 79% of CEOs are worried about whether their employees have key digital skills, only 25% have done something about it, Dua said.
"All of us in this room have a fiduciary responsibility to take care of skills and figure out what they are for the future — if we don't do that, automation can only go so far,'' he said.
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