Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 56 - Page 61

CASE STUDY headquartered in Europe , we have to adhere to the European regulation . So that obviously brings lots of challenges because the regulation differs from market to market and it evolves rapidly . The Asian markets are not as evolved in let ’ s say , security of personal information compared to the European Union at the moment , but they are evolving rapidly so the changes that they introduce to the GDPR equivalents of the legislation in those countries is fast and we have to adopt it very quickly . It has actually been one of the obstacles for us for cloud adoption , because we want to utilise cloud technologies to be more stable , faster in terms of deliveries and of course the non-existent infrastructure in some of the markets presented obstacles to us to complete the rollout much faster .
How would you describe Europe ’ s technology roadmap and how do you intend to continue innovating to keep up with demand ?
I did some research on this and I found out that there was a white paper which was issued a few years back to the European Commission , which revolves around the cloud strategy for European companies and about where European companies stand today . I think in general , about 40 % of the companies are now actively using cloud solutions and we are no different . In reference to our mobile application we talked about previously , it ’ s purely cloud native . We run it only out of the cloud – we use Microsoft Azure for that and we will be moving more towards the cloud solution and decommissioning the on-premise data centres that we operate across the countries .



What are your thoughts on the changing role of the CIO and evolving expectations – something which is currently a hot topic among industry leaders ?
The CIO is no longer let ’ s say , IT strategy personnel who just defines IT strategy and executes upon it . Today , I see the role of the CIO more of a partner to the business – I ’ m personally very much involved in defining the business strategies ; demonstrating to the business how it can utilise technologies . We ’ ve recently been piloting Machine Learning operations using feature store that will help us to complete better decision-making faster , pretty much online , for our customers . So , I see the role today as more of an advisor to the business – how they can utilise the technology going forward .
What ’ s one piece of advice you ’ d offer to somebody striving to become a CIO today ?
Keep learning and keep challenging the status quo because nothing ’ s impossible . And strive to deliver the best . p
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