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How to find and implement emerging technology as a new CIO

Chloe Dobinson | Oct. 3, 2017
How a new CIO can help to transform a business through emerging technology.

CIO 100 entrant Karl Hoods, at Save the Children, is currently investing in a range of operations across the organisation.

New technology such as "wearable technology, IoT and drones" are currently in development to be used on the charity's programmes. They are also investigating how "payment industry developments" may impact on giving. 


Work with vendors

Partnering with vendors can lead to needed support and expertise as well as further materials for the organisation.

2017 CIO 100 organisations including United LivingUnilever and Dentsu Aegis Network are currently working with IT vendors to help achieve their business goals.

Arsenal FC is currently using its partnership to help drive experimentation with IoT and virtual reality as a way to improve the quality of coaching they provide to its players.

"I have identified a number of new vendors who we are now using, and we are now seeing evidence that the quality and quantity of data available to analysts and players are significantly improving our coaching and post-game analysis," said Arsenal's CIO Hywel Sloman.

The CIO said that one of his many responsibilities is to find the best vendors in this space, and limit the number they work with, so they can "truly understand and influence" what they are trying to achieve.

"As a smaller organisation, we tend not to work with the bigger IT vendors, where we don't have the need for the size and scale they provide or the budgets to draw their attention," Sloman said.

"I like to work with smaller, more nimble vendors who can work at the pace we need and can bring innovation and new ideas to us. I am also very clear that innovation tends not to come from our industry, so I work hard to build relationships and get ideas from organisations outside football."

The collaboration of ideas and further knowledge can help implement emerging technology, and Red Bull Racing CIO Matt Cadieux sees working with vendors as a great chance to see people "having their finger on the pulse" when it comes to innovation.

"I think having the talent to know what is possible for the delivery of products when forming a relationship with vendors," he said. "Having the guidance and the support from the suppliers as to who the best players out there are can help deliver the best products and innovation," he added.


Increase the business agenda

According to Harvey Nash, 67% of CIOs are expecting their strategic influence to increase in 2017. The CIO's role is influential on the overall business strategy creating new opportunities for the IT team.

Producing a strategy to support the business agenda can grow the enterprise, tailoring the right products and services to your users.


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