"I think this is indicative of the type of partnership that can ensue between IT and the line of business," says Helen Donnelly, cloud marketing director, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "I think IT has a call to action here to get out ahead of this growing propensity to use the cloud by the line of business and present it in a governed, service catalog kind of way."
Herrin notes that companies that are successful at leveraging the cloud for competitive advantage tend to have two things in common: a champion at the C-suite level and a CIO that can drive change.
"We're really seeing companies that are making big impacts have a lot of involvement from the top," she says. "I think the conversation about technology is one where the companies that are moving fast and really experiencing digital transformation have a CEO that is really embracing it and pushing it. These companies are having a really strategic conversation, constantly, about what they are doing and what they are targeting with their technology. Those companies who say technology is an advantage for them also say that their CIOs don't just have a seat at the table, they're helping to lead the charge."
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