Smart Enterprise Magazine Fall Issue Unlocks How the Cloud Is Changing the Role of the CIO
New dynamic IT supply chain ushers in new era for IT
Islandia, NY -- November 23, 2010 – In its Fall 2010 issue, Smart Enterprise magazine, a CA Technologies publication that provides insights and perspectives for CIOs, explores how the cloud and virtualization are driving an IT industry paradigm shift and changing the role of the CIO. This shift creates a new, dynamic IT supply chain in which the CIO is transformed from a reactive, “keep-the-lights-on” service provider, to a broker of IT services who builds and manages a dynamic IT supply chain and drives business innovation.
“We’re at the dawn of a new era,” says Ajei Gopal, executive vice president, Technology and Development, CA Technologies. “A set of business needs — including increased agility and cost-effectiveness — is coming together with a set of innovations in technology and delivery models to enable another true watershed moment in IT. Organizations that embrace this paradigm shift will prosper.”
In the manufacturing lifecycle, a business idea moves quickly through the design, building, production, distribution and consumption of that idea. Similarly, the IT supply chain model helps solve one of the biggest issues of IT: getting services to customers faster. CIOs now have internal resources, including budgets, staff and internal IT systems. But they also have a new and growing roster of external resources — suppliers of a wide and growing range of IT services in the cloud. To proactively meet the needs of the business, CIOs will need to balance these internal and external resources, just as manufacturing managers have been doing for more than a century.
The flexibility and efficiency of the cloud dramatically changes the way the IT function works. The CIO becomes, in essence, a broker of IT services, working with business to determine which IT services best meet the needs of the business – and then building a supply chain of services comprised of a mix of internal and external resources. This is a more strategic role, one that dramatically strengthens IT’s partnership with the business.
Benefits of the new dynamic IT Supply Chain:
• CIOs will bridge the gap between business demand and IT services supply
• Enables IT to be more innovative
• Greater agility
• Cost savings
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