What tomorrows CIO already needs today.

putting people at the center

People are the most valuable asset of any organization. So they belong at the centre. The CIO should have a good understanding with his management cadres, his people, the users and the board of directors, and have a vision of their needs. IT also becomes effective beyond company boundaries, so the IT boss of the future must also be prepared to communicate with end customers and suppliers.

networked thinking

It is part of the nature of digitization that silo thinking, monolithic systems and strict hierarchies have no place anymore. Digitization opens the company transversely instead of horizontally. The customer’s path becomes decisive, the organization becomes secondary. In this way, the CIO makes applications and information available. Information is created where data is networked. The Big Picture of the future is necessary to take advantage of the opportunities of digital business. This allows you to set priorities and make decisions that you will not have to regret tomorrow.

business integration

The classic separation between IT and business makes less and less sense in the digital age. IT plays a role in all important business processes. Every IT initiative has a business impact. Therefore, in the future the CIO will see himself as the “technology-affine business manager” and not as the master of computers.

focus on security

New opportunities, new risks: Cyber security and continuity management take on a whole new meaning. When data becomes the most important resource in digital business, its protection and safe handling is a prerequisite for being able to play along at all.


“Employees don’t leave companies, bad bosses do!” IT can only be successful with the right team. As a manager, the CIO creates an environment that is characterized by leadership. In this, work-life balance and diversity are important points of development.

staying in power and learning from mistakes

In a world of change, disruption and innovation, it will not be possible to do everything right all the time. He must therefore be able to take it, admit mistakes and learn from them. Error culture is becoming an essential feature of a future-oriented corporate culture. Everything that is needed in a VUCA world.
The task as CIO is not for the faint-hearted. It takes courage to make far-reaching decisions and then take responsibility for their outcome, try out new things and possibly fail. But a willingness to innovate is essential to be able to cope with the constant changes in the market.

agility and flexibility

This does not address the issue of Agile Management, which has its own significance. At a time when technology trends are constantly changing, and users, vendors, start-ups and universities are under great pressure to move up in the market, but are then quickly buried again, wars of faith, deadlocked views and the sentence “We’ve always done it this way” are no longer relevant.