Are IT leaders just too busy for innovation? | ZDNet

ZDNet LogoI was a panelist and co-host of a fantastic broadcast from the HBO studios in New York recently. With smart and experienced colleagues from Gartner,  Deloitte,  Global Partners, and Comcast, we talked about consumerization, desktop virtualization,  innovation, and a lot more. (Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

ZDNet’s Joe McKendrick was on hand to let you all know about it. Here is some of what Joe had to say …

Chief information officers understand how important innovation is to survive and thrive in today’s hyper-competitive global economy. And they understand that IT is the key to new innovation. Yet, they often are too saddled down with maintenance and upkeep to really give it their all.

That’s one of the takeways of a recent CIO panel, reported on by Andi Mann of CA Technologies, tackling the matter of IT’s role in corporate innovation. (Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

Innovation is a broad topic with a lot of different angles — and uncertain impact on the bottom line. But one thing is certain: everyone is looking to information technology to make innovation happen.

As Mann summarized it:

“CIOs and other IT leaders today must make a transition from performing tactical duties that simply maintain the status quo to adopting new technologies to enable innovative approaches that customers – internal and external – will embrace. This will keep IT relevant, boost CIOs profile with the business and reduce the risk of end users bypassing the IT department to get new technologies, creating security and other risks most businesses can’t take.”

You can read the whole thing, including insights from several global CIOs, CISOs, analysts, and consultants over on ZDNet in Are IT leaders just too busy for innovation? | ZDNet.