Jeff Smith, Chief Information Officer at IBM, told Forbes last year: “With the world changing at such a fast pace, organizations and employees must be agile by continuously adapting to situations, addressing problems and re-evaluating progress. This is important for leadership, collaboration and delivery practices to allow organizations in any industry and of any size to be more successful.”
CIOs tasked with delivering the innovation needed to bring agility to their businesses or organizations, are fundamentally users of technology, but technology that is targeted and integrated to deliver the processes that define Agile enterprises today.
Putting this edition of Enterprise Management 360º together, it came clear that Agile as a core driver across the CIO landscape has been gaining pace. More CIOs than ever are aware of the potential that Agile offers, but there are still some barriers to overcome: Often these are realigning a business’s understanding of what technology is actually delivering to their organizations, and how new platforms and working practices can deliver the gains that Agile promises.
Ken Schwaber, the co-developer of the Scrum process noted: “Many CIOs still think of Agile as more, faster. However, as organizations and projects flee the existing controls and safeguards of waterfall and predictive processes, they need to recognize the even higher degree of control, risk management, and transparency required to use Scrum successfully. I estimate that 75% of those organizations using Scrum will not succeed in getting the benefits that they hope for from it.”
This edition of Enterprise Management 360º is one way that all CIOs can ensure they are not part of the 75% that Schwaber alludes to. Time is of the essence for all enterprises to consider every aspect of their businesses, and evaluate how Agile could transform their infrastructure, but also how their human capital interfaces with the applications they use every day.
Business is now done at a sprint. Only those enterprises that understand this and make the essential changes to their working environments will be sustainable over the long term. All CIOs need to become Agile CIOs if they are to deliver the products and services their customers demand today and tomorrow.
Dave Howell, Editor EM360 Digital Magazine
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“With business moving at a breakneck pace, organizational leaders need to be able to sense and respond to operational and market changes quickly,” said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy’s President and CEO. “The CIO plays a pivotal role in allowing the enterprise to move at the speed of business in today’s digital economy.”