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The New CIO Job: Win The Platform Battle

20 June, 2013

The New CIO Job: Win The Platform Battle

In a TechRepublic article “Has the CIO lost Big Data?“, Patrick Gray points out that big data has become another force that is pulling control of IT from the back office to the front office. The prevailing narrative about IT includes a recurrent theme about how the CMO as a self-directed user of technology, who is doing fine, thank you very much, without the help of IT.

While this idea of being a “trusted advisor” is well and good, it stops short of what I assert is the future role for IT: building platforms. The challenge brought on by the cloud, SaaS, mobile apps, and the rise in specialized vertical offerings of all sorts is that the footprint of IT is rapidly expanding. But as this expansion occurs, the responsibilities of IT aren’t going away.

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