But are you clear as to who is in charge for the challenges ahead?
Finding the leader in charge
Many regard the CIO as natural owner for this strategic shift; however, the number of business leaders who are taking the lead for digital transformation initiatives is growing exponentially. This conversation, meanwhile, has reached the C-Suite, as shown in a recent Gartner survey: 16% of the CEOs interviewed stated that they believe they should be leading their company’s digital transformation. Only CIOs, with a close 15%, are seen as the other key navigators of their company’s digital transformation!
We have described recently the prerequisites for next-generation CIOs to be regarded as digital leaders by their CEOs.
Our team at SAP, the Center for Digital Leadership, meets with more than 100 C-Suite executives every year. From these meetings we know that there are also some strong chief digital officers who demonstrate measurable business results. In one company, our team even found a CIO-CDO–CTO triumvirate.
Eventually, what are we striving for when it comes to digital transformation?
Digital transformation is a business challenge, but it is certainly foremost a leadership challenge, as it must effectively drive a broad program of non-linear change through the organization. Probably best that the organization knows who is in charge.
Sharing the same digital path in the leadership team