...recognising how the CIO role can be shaped to maximum effect, giving it both visibility, breadth and seniority?
For example, Carl Zeiss has created a new board position for IT. At securities-processing operation dwpbank, a former CIO has been appointed CEO. At retailer Edeka, the CIO is now also responsible for logistics. And at KfW Bank, former Boston Consulting Group consultant Dr Edeltraud Leibrock has been appointed to a newly created role of CIO and COO.
Elsewhere, we have seen Spanish online and catalogue retailer Venca appointing a new IT director who is also given responsibility for the online strategy of the company.
I believe we will continue to see this trend, with companies realising that the core capabilities of the IT function will be less about running infrastructure and data systems well, and more about IT procurement, vendor management, business-process change and information security.
Indeed, I heard only a few days ago that one tactic being deployed by cloud providers in their client pitches is to suggest that moving everything to the cloud would enable an organisation to get rid of most of its IT function.
The call to action for IT directors and CIOs is to ensure they can present a business case to the board for how a strategic IT plan can put organisations on the front foot in the rapidly-evolving digital environment.
Tim Cook co-leads the Information Officers Practice at global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Cook conducts senior-level assignments in the technology sector, with a particular focus on CIO roles. He has 10 years' executive search experience and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 2008.