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Why you may need a chief digital officer

Mike Saxton | June 9, 2017
If software is the pivot between the digital and the physical, the CDO is the pivot between IT and business, says Mike Saxton.

It is just not possible to survive if your organisation relies on pre-packaged business logic and models provided by ERP and other relatively static applications. Every business is becoming a software business and it is imperative that software is used to sharpen a competitive edge.

Developing business strategies therefore requires an in-depth knowledge of the threats, challenges and possibilities presented by the tools available to deal with them.

To identify which of the many coming and available technologies will have a lasting impact requires both technology and business acumen. This is where the CDO steps in. Every executive board needs this expertise because digital strategy has to become corporate strategy.


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