The role for the CIO moving forward into 2017 will be to help the organization become more proactive about competition and disruption. The CIO can accomplish this by doing the following:
- Scanning the organization’s environment signals in order to spot trends.
- Focusing on the critical uncertainties pertaining to any given trend and analyzing them to determine the art of the possible.
- Building agility into the organization’s technology strategy to make room for discovery.
In 2017, IT can become a center of foresight and innovation for the organization, observing technology trends at their onset and helping shape business strategy.