What a wonderfully strange way to be in touch with so many people at the same time. But they can. And that's a good thing, I believe. Think of the kind of exposure kids have these days to have peers in foreign lands whom they communicate with. When they grow up, the social network that they have established over the years will benefit them tremendously when they leave school to join the workforce as professionals and entrepreneurs. They will be the shapers of tomorrow who will discard old practices to bring new rules of engagement to the table.
Here lies a big challenge for CIOs: how to ensure that they continue to attract and retain talented people who don't conform to old ways of doing things. What new roles must the CIO play?
Worth reading is the latest State of the CIO survey study unveiled by CIO magazine in the U.S. In it, you'll find some insights on how the CIO role is changing as the enterprise computing landscape changes, and the new challenges that one might have to address soon, here in Asia.
So, it looks like 2013 will be an exciting one for CIOs. Given the backdrop of slow economic growth, it is perhaps a good time to shift roles and priorities around to face new challenges. What do you think?
— T.C. Seow, Editor, CIO Asia
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