CIOs in Asia Pacific weigh in on how their roles are changing today

The CIO in an organization is commonly known as the most senior executive responsible for the information technology vision and execution of the vision for the company. Due to the increasing digitization of companies in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, however, many CIOs and IT leaders are starting to see their roles go beyond the traditional boundaries of IT.

A recent Gartner study reports that CIOs are aware that a quarter of IT spending will happen outside the IT budget in 2014 — and that is just the spending they know about; the reality may be significantly higher.

Here’s an overview of how IT leaders polled in the recent APAC CIO survey conducted by Microsoft felt that they would like to be perceived in the new digital age:

How CIOs would like to be perceived in this digital age.
How CIOs would like to be perceived in this digital age.

We spoke to four IT leaders in the Asia Pacific region on the barriers and challenges, as well as the opportunities ahead for companies in Asia to drive transformation of businesses with technology.

They include IT leaders from Fortescue Metals Group (Australia), one of the leading iron ore producers globally; LBC Express (Philippines), a provider of cargo and courier services for the region; Indonesia-based auto-financing firm and the country’s key Yamaha dealer, PT Bussan Auto Finance, as well as Microsoft Asia’s Head of IT, Alan Stone.

Watch the video below to understand their perspectives on the changing roles of CIOs today:

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Related Links:

 Microsoft survey shows 62% of IT leaders in Asia Pacific expect to increase spending on new technologies in the next year

 Infographic: IT Leaders in APAC Drive Digital Transformation

 Event Story: Microsoft’s inaugural Executive Leadership Forum nails opportunities ahead to drive digital transformation in Asia Pacific

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