Former GM, BP CIO Stresses Need for CIOs to Focus on Business Outcomes – Search CIO

A former CIO discusses the importance of focusing IT strategy on business outcomes and agility. He explains that IT and business need to collaborate and that both should take accountability for business results:

The black box of the IT function can be an input or an output, and CIOs generally tended to be order takers. We tended to focus on silent running, smoother operations. We tended to automate the business process and sometimes we made bad things happen faster. That was mostly an input focus. I wish we had stood up and taken responsibility for business results with all of these initiatives.

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