Monday, May 15, 2017

Silicon Valley VCs have a message for CIOs

In the IT leadership discussion today, CIOs, consultants and other influencers use terms like “innovation” and “disruption” prolifically — sometimes to the point where their true meanings are blurred.

In Silicon Valley, thought of by most as the hottest of hotbeds for technological advancements, those terms are rarely used.

There’s good reason for that, and it tracks well with the evolution of the CIO role itself: Focusing on bright, shiny technology objects and terms for their own sake is a thing of the past. A sharper focus on business value often separates the successful from the unemployed.

In recent discussions with, three venture capitalists described how CIOs can best engage with VCs and early-stage companies, and which pitfalls to avoid. The consensus among the trio was that IT leaders with a clear focus of their business objectives will reap the rewards, while those infatuated with the technologies themselves will see a slower path to value.

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May 15, 2017 at 05:52PM

from Brian P. Watson