TECH BUYER Mar 2021 - IDC Perspective - Doc # CA47461921

Canadian Corporate Boards Need Technology Leader's Insight

By: Mary Whittle, Alizabeth CalderResearch Adjunct Advisor

Abstract

This IDC Perspective provides a step-by-step guide for CIOs who seek to develop and enhance their effectiveness with executives and the board of directors on issues of digital transformation. It provides time- and experience-tested strategies for engaging from experienced CIOs who have delivered effective programs, survived potentially damaging incidents, and recommended strategic redirection that has brought about significant organizational success. These include ways to address the efficacy of programs in place, anecdotal examples to garner interest and attention on key topics, and a framework for how to present what executives and board members need to know.

"Board composition needs to modernize to meet their duty of care with respect to digital strategy — directors need to be more digitally savvy, boards need to establish digital discussion as a standing agenda item, and CEOs must elevate the contribution of the IT organization. That will take time. In the meantime, to support the board, the CIO needs to provide high-value insight and digital strategy leadership," says Alizabeth Calder, adjunct analyst, IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP).


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