Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 55

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FEATURE: CLOUD MANAGEMENT The CIO’s role in delivering value within a changing cloud ecosystem The multi-cloud experience is becoming more common and organisations must therefore ensure that the management of the hybrid multi-cloud world is as easy as possible. Alexander Wallner, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, NetApp, tells us how this approach will alleviate pressure for the CIO. I t’s no secret that the relationship between the CEO and CIO has shifted in recent years. As most organisations now have technology at the core of their business, having a comprehensive IT strategy is key to ensure growth. As a result, the modern day CIO has migrated from a support role into a more strategic position where they’re responsible for the planning, implementation and execution of corporate strategies. No longer are they tasked with a sole focus on technology. Today’s CIO is responsible for improving business performance and is expected to be seen as the technology and business leader. This newfound identity of the CIO is not isolated – according to research by Forbes Insights, five years ago, CIOs believed their most important skill was technology know-how. Today, they believe the most important skill is contributing to corporate strategy. Of course, in an environment that is focused on constant evolution, it makes sense that the role of the CIO has evolved so dramatically. Unfortunately, change often comes with growing pains. As the CIO role has adopted more of a business mindset, the crossover with the CEO has come into question. This has, as a result, created a lack of clarity INTELLIGENTCIO 55