How CIOs are looking at innovation in 2020

BrandPost By Slack
Apr 14, 2020
Technology Industry

This eBook explores why it's more important than ever for CIOs to focus on innovation.

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Credit: Slack

Shifting ways of doing business, consumer habits, and social, political, and economic change are going to put renewed pressure on an organisation that isn’t able to innovate to remain on top of trends.

Research shows while 84 per cent of executives believe that innovation is important (and this is before the extreme disruptions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak), only six per cent are happy with the innovation performance of their organisation. As such, events like CIO50 are critical in highlighting the thinking and inspiration among CIOs that have been able to drive highly successful innovation programs through their organisations.


Introducing Australia’s leading innovators

The sponsor of the 2019 CIO50 event, Slack, has partnered with CIO Australia to produce an eBook that looks at how Australian thought leaders are approaching the challenges facing all market sectors.

Technology leaders profiled include:

    Mark Rees, Xero CTO

    Ursula Phillips, Real Pet Food Company group Chief Information Officer

    Roger Sneizek, Coles Chief Information and Digital Officer

    Shane Lenton, Cue Clothing Co. Chief Information Officer

There are also insights from Slack co-founder and CTO, Cal Henderson, and former Gartner research director, Jenny Beresford.

Innovative technology leaders embrace digital transformation to structure businesses around data-driven, Agile practices. However, more than two-thirds of digital transformation projects still fail to deliver business value back to the organisation, but those organisations that make transformation projects work become the disruptors in their sectors.

Each of the leaders highlighted in the eBook has delivered meaningful transformation by having a  clear, articulated vision to begin with and a tight focus on outcomes.

The focus on innovation that was already a key theme among Australia’s most exciting and disruptive brands will become even more critical through the remainder of 2020. It is now vitally important executives develop and articulate clear pathways to innovation, and ensure that innovation will solve real problems for all stakeholders and customers, while remaining aligned with an organisation’s long term objectives.

To read the eBook and gain insights on how Australia’s technology leaders are approaching their innovation strategies, click here.