As it turns out, the top worry for them was how to keep pace with the growth of their respective businesses. Their focus clearly was on growing the top line rather than on optimising costs.
Based on my other observations and discussions with Asia Pacific CIOs, I have also discovered that they were very interested in discussing how they could influence and lead their initiatives globally.
For example, the CIO of a large life insurance division based in Hong Kong said that his organisation successfully ran various cloud initiatives locally at first and then was able to drive those globally. It is no longer the norm for decisions to be made elsewhere and then implemented in Asia Pacific.
Interacting with many CIOs from this dynamic region has been enlightening. They are very passionate about their role and are looking forward to moving up the chain of responsibility.
Just as people born in Dragon years are to be honoured and respected, could this be the year for Asia Pacific CIOs to make a large impact globally?
Will Asia Pacific CIOs demonstrate Dragon-like leadership that delivers good fortune and functions as a master of authority this year? I surely hope so!
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