Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first edition of the CIO In The Know newsletter for 2023. Each week, I share insights and ideas from the perspective of the CIO. These insights come from the provocative and stimulating conversations I have with CIOs every week in addition to my own direct experience. The intent is to fuel new thinking for the CIO and executive team.
This week, it is all about taking stock in learning from 2022 and looking forward to 2023. And there is a lot we can learn from!
2022 was a doozy for CIOs with many ups, downs and changes. Even the end of year came in clutch with yet another spotlight on the CIO with the Southwest Airlines meltdown. One the bright side, here is to hoping that the Southwest debacle is a door opener to discussions about decision making, process improvement and technical debt.
CIO water cooler talk
Over the course of 2022 the range of topics among CIOs varied widely. From AI and data to customer experience and ESG. As we entered the last two quarters of the year, two topics rose to the top among CIOs:
- Macro-economic impact
- Workforce engagement
The macro-economic influences will carry well into 2023 and impact most organizations. For many, it means reevaluating spending for 2023 through license renegotiations, staffing changes and/or adjust OpEx spending. There are, however, some that are taking a ‘stay the course’ approach to spending and hiring. While this is not common, hopefully any negative impacts will be short lived and shallow in severity.
Regarding workforce engagement, executive teams continue to struggle with the remote work vs return to office decision. For CIOs this means a constant change in policies, tools and work styles. At this point, most companies have taken a hybrid approach, but even that is in flux with companies leaning toward asking employees to return to office as the macro-economic impact is impacting these shifts too.
Latest from the blog
Considering the Southwest debacle and the process of executive decision making, there are a few new posts on the blog.
- Six considerations for CIOs making difficult decisions
- What can CIOs learn from the Southwest Airlines debacle?
- The importance of ESG in the enterprise
Up and coming…
Next up for the blog is a deeper look at CIO priorities and the 2023 CIO playbook. The playbook looks at the topics and priorities that CIOs are navigating in the coming year.
In addition, look for new episodes on the CIO In The Know podcast. The podcast has been in hiatus during the past year, but new episodes are on the way. If you are not already a subscriber, you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
CIO book list
Looking for a few new books to kick off the new year? Here are a couple of lists that offer some good recommendations.
What’s your take?
Now it’s your turn. What’s your take? What is impacting you? Is there something you would like to hear about or discuss? Share your perspective. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2023! Happy New Year!
Originally posted on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cio-know-looking-forward-2023-tim-crawford/
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