Chief Digital Officer: Does every organization need one?


What could be sexier (at least to an IT professional) than an executive-level role that combines new, leading-edge technology with an ability to influence the strategic direction of a company?

Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is a position designed to ensure that an organization’s key strategies are supported by emerging technologies and new organizational skills. The CDO developed as an executive role to fill the need for someone to lead the digital transformation for a company. While some companies have already created this role, others are still considering it.

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Watch this month’s Modern Workplace episode, “Chief Digital Officer: Does Every Organization Need One?” to hear perspectives of CDOs from Barclays South Africa, National Rugby League, and Convene respectively. You’ll also hear from Jacky Wright who is leading Microsoft’s own digital transformation. Whether you have a CDO or not, someone must be responsible for working across silos in an organization to focus on the three drivers of successful digital transformation: a clear vision, the capabilities to deliver, and culture.

Some of the lessons shared in this episode include:

  • How to reimagine your entire business - what would it look like if you were to start your business today
  • Why you should do everything with the customer in mind; watch what your customer actually does - not just what they say
  • How to help your employees understand how the world is changing and how your business must stay ahead of the digital curve
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