Developing a successful digital strategy is one of the core responsibilities of a CIO, and the methods taken to do to do can vary depending on needs, resources and personal preferences.
CIO UK hears about the approaches taken by some of the UK's top business technology leaders.
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May 18, 2018
3. Dylan Roberts - Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council Chief Digital and Information Officer Dylan Roberts has driven through a range of significant city-wide initiatives by focusing on outcomes for people rather than delivering discrete service in his digital strategy.
Developing strong partnerships with vendors and the local digital sector has been crucial to his success.
"A great deal of emphasis is put on good governance and strong partnerships across local public services and the private sector to help deliver innovative strategies and solutions," he says.
"I have very much been at the forefront of developing this city-first, place-based approach which is changing the lives of our citizens for the better. I have also played a significant part in developing the local digital sector. For example, there are over 3,500 digital organisations in the area specialising in healthcare, digital marketing and e-commerce solutions/services, and we also have over 2,000 data scientists in the city."
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5. Hywel Sloam - Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC IT Director Hywel Sloman seeks input from across the organisation to understand their needs and how he can support them through his digital strategy.
"I spend a significant amount of my working week in
one-to-ones with our C-suite and heads of department," he says. "This allows me to understand their needs/issues and to shape solutions to drive change.
"One specific example would be the efforts to drive greater understanding of data protection and the impact of the club. This has involved work at every level, from my agreeing with my CEO the level of priority we should accord to this, down to my team training every single user as to the impacts of the DPA, and what it means for day-to-day
"In areas where there is a lower appreciation of technology, this requires more time and closer relationships."
7. Richard Cross - WS Atkins
WS Atkins Chief Digital Officer Richard Cross works closely with the engineering consultancy's leadership team to ensure that they understand the benefits of technology and support his digital strategy
"We drive our digital strategy at board level, making sure that digital in its broadest sense is well understood - it's about more than technology - and that the case for developing new ways of working, business models and products and services informs our business strategy.
"We work with the group SLT [senior leadership team] and OLT [operational leadership team] to explore what digital means for Atkins. Getting senior buy-in and engagement to develop and co-create an aligned view about Atkins' digital ambition has been essential.
"It has matured such that we were able to present our digital vision to industry analysts at the Atkins capital markets day. Our presentation explained our three growth themes of digital asset management, digital engineering
and intelligent mobility, as well as providing real client examples of success." Read next: Atkins CIO Richard Cross drives digital thinking with a startup mindset