3 Things CIOs Are Thankful For This Holiday Season
While the holiday season is a time for celebration, it’s also a time for reflection. The fast pace of the digital era constantly keeps us looking ahead towards the latest technology or the next big trend, and while the rapid rate of innovation is undoubtedly exciting, we find that it is important to pause every now and then to reflect on what makes us grateful now, in the present.
Whether you’re a CIO yourself, or you work for one, here are a few things that our IT leaders are grateful for this holiday season.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of a CIO’s job is to constantly keep a pulse on emerging technologies and new innovations in their industry to ensure that their organization does not fall behind the curve. In almost every case, this means that a CIO must advocate to the rest of their executive team why a new technology should be integrated or adopted. Naturally, such proposals will always run into some level of resistance, as initial cost or implementation concerns arise for leadership teams that don’t see a problem with a current system, or just get hung up on the potential time and disruption caused by implementation. In these situations, CIOs can always be thankful for a CEO who listens to and values their expertise. These CEOs are innately aware of their CIO’s understanding of industry trends, and trust them to make the best call for the organization. With 80% of CIOs agreeing that IT’s ability to innovate is key to business success, that trust is enough to make any CIO happy.
While thoughtful and attentive employees are something anyone can appreciate, working with such employees has an especially positive and practical effect on a CIO’s work. From being able to rest easy about security mishaps because employees are careful with which emails they open or download, to knowing that the integration of a new technology will migrate smoothly because their employees paid close attention during training, thoughtful employees can make the difference between causing a CIOs nightmare scenario and making their life stress free.
Given that 75% of this generation want to use the latest technologies at work, such employees can also play a vital role in helping the CIO identify and promote the use of new technologies. Employees that are paying attention will help their CIO keep track of the hot technologies, alerting them to the newest systems and apps and helping advocate up the leadership chain.
Seamlessly Integrated Technologies
At the end of the day being a CIO is about working with technology, and when the rubber meets the road one of the things a CIO can be most thankful for, is finding a fully integrated solution that perfectly addresses the challenges and inefficiencies they face. This solution is comprehensive, easy to install, and intuitive in function. It doesn’t cost half the budget, and once integrated, has immediate impact on the productivity of the organization. It can be a solution for unified communications and collaboration (like Fuze!) or for IT infrastructure, but it leaves everyone at the organization feeling better about their work, and thankful for their CIO who had the wisdom to implement it. And after all, what could be better for a CIO than that?