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Focus on digital transformation. By revolutionising IT consumption patterns, the Cloud has led to many changes within businesses in France and elsewhere. This is where the CIO comes in, helping to adapt this new technological model from a technical perspective.

As a pillar of the company’s digital environment, the role of the Chief Information Officer is one of the most affected by digital transformation in companies. This role continues to evolve from year to year, involving the creation of new models for management, work organisation, autonomy, trust, transversality, delegation, time optimisation, costs, and needs.

The CIO: Cloud solutions coordinator.

The CIO is increasingly involved in creating value for the company and its strategy. Far from the traditional management functions previously seen, the CIO’s former role as cost controller is now a thing of the past. With the advent of the Cloud, the CIO is now at the heart of innovation.

The Cloud is being adopted by a growing number of French companies.

In 2020, 89% of CIOs said that the digital transformation within their organisation had accelerated during the previous 12 months, and 58% believed it will continue to gain traction. Furthermore, most organisations have deployed business apps in this area. (see source)

But why are we talking about Cloud governance?

The Cloud makes it possible to:

  • Better adapt your resources over time
  • Collaborate in real time
  • Work quickly, while passing on information efficiently
  • Manage your time and work better

It is worth noting that many large accounts are moving to the Cloud. One example of this is Bouygues, which is offering more and more bespoke IaaS services and solutions for migrating to the Cloud.

Cloud governance: the priority for CIOs.

The Cloud is at the heart of the CIO’s new duties:

  • Creating a stable information base shared by all employees
  • Ensuring data security and confidentiality
  • Creating an infrastructure that can quickly adapt to user needs
  • Proposing sustainable and efficient solutions

As such, the CIO provides technical expertise and is a facilitator of company productivity.. They support the introduction of new software and applications, and above all help departments move towards these technologies in order to reap all the benefits of the Cloud, while also meeting the challenges of steering, collaboration, management, and communications.

More than ever, the CIO must listen to employees’ needs, relaying feedback and closely monitoring changes in their uses.

The Cloud Broker: a new role for CIOs.

Since many companies and groups subscribe to Cloud software, the CIO must develop a digital strategic vision to recommend the best solutions and liaise between the different departments and Cloud software providers. This is the definition of a Cloud Broker.

The role simultaneously involves serving the different departments and managing service providers. The CIO must be able to provide departments with the solution that best suits their needs and ensures good change management.

This is an entire ecosystem undergoing digital transformation. CIOs have been given greater levels of empowerment, and are now driving companies wishing to invest and innovate via cutting-edge tools.

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