The CIO's Role in the Making of an Agile Enterprise

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

Lead, follow or get out of the way. A phrase famously coined by George Patton and later by Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca, it is also an apt prescription for the challenges CIOs face as organizations look to become agile enterprises. With the path to agility often running directly through IT (as it enables those digital projects the CEO sees as driving competitiveness), the CIO stands front and center in an organization’s transition to enterprise-wide agility.

How CIOs Can Prepare an IT Platform for the Agile Enterprise

Today’s marketplace is volatile. It is uncertain. It is complex and difficult to navigate. And to stay competitive, enterprises must react to change with unprecedented speed. As many of the external pressures on business today stem from changes happening in the digital world, IT has naturally become one of the first areas to adopt change with an aim of helping the business become an Agile Enterprise.

CIOs: Why Are you Justifying Your Work?

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

As the CEO of a DevOps consulting organization, I speak regularly with CIOs and heads of IT about the projects they are working on -- or would like to work on. Looking to learn from others, one of the questions I frequently hear is, "How do other CIOs justify their projects?" While you can Google and find a wide variety of answers to this question -- from internal needs analysis to benefit statements -- I have come to a slightly controversial conclusion.

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