How the cloud is transforming the CIO/CTO into a leader of innovation

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Is the cloud a threat to the careers of my teams? Will outsourcing IT services put my own position at risk? Many IT leaders might be asking these questions, but their worries soon fade away as their organizations embrace the cloud.

The cloud doesn’t replace CIOs/CTOs or their departments, it repositions them as genuine innovation leaders!

The Cloud can be a strategic partner to help build a flexible company

Technological innovation and business innovation have never been so inextricably tied together. This relationship is supported by a vast range of sophisticated technological tools such as the cloud. With options such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and more, company executives need IT leaders to help them define their strategic guidelines. No longer the simple guardians of computing systems, IT leaders have become trusted partners and advisors that are part of the company’s decision-making process.

The cloud is accelerating this trend. Because CIOs and CTOs are no longer burdened with the day-to-day administration of their IT environments or apps, they can focus on choosing and integrating solutions that are specifically adapted to their organization’s needs. Their close collaboration with business leaders, combined with their knowledge of their company’s legacy systems, make them a key player to help the company continuously innovate.

 Accelerating business innovation

Thanks to the cloud, IT leaders can provide business departments with more responsive applications as well as cutting-edge tools to create value and develop new ways of producing or marketing the company’s products and services.

These days, there’s a cloud solution for almost every business need. But how do you choose the right one? How can you optimize and configure it for optimal results? These questions can be solved by IT leaders who now benefit from a quicker access to additional resources thanks to the cloud. They can also implement change and acquire licences more quickly. In fact, applications developed in-house are becoming more and more uncommon. Furthermore, the cloud frees IT teams from having to purchase equipment and software and it increases the capacity – and possibilities – of a company’s IT infrastructure.

With its nearly ready-to-use aspect, CIOs/CTOs can use the cloud to accelerate their organization’s critical growth initiatives while reducing the risks associated, giving them the critical competitive edge they need to thrive in a fast-paced business world.

Driving innovation

It was not long ago that application development delays made IT departments appear slow to react. The cloud has changed this. These days, the CIO/CTO has become a driver of innovation.

First, cloud-native apps have revolutionized the user experience with intuitive, constantly updated features. IT teams can now significantly contribute to innovative projects, at home and anywhere else in the world.

Second, the cloud has the ability to accommodate and exploit up-and-coming technologies. Its scalability and flexibility make it a prerequisite to expanding the use of web-based applications, exploiting big data, and many other cloud native capabilities which have a huge potential for companies. With the cloud, the modern CIO/CTO is now the starting point of technological initiatives that will lay the groundwork for the organization of tomorrow.

With a properly planned migration, the cloud has become an indispensable ally for CIOs/CTOs. The cloud allows them to shine and focus on what really counts: helping their company embrace all the opportunities of the digital era.




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