By Milan Shetti, CEO Rocket Software\n\nThe role of the CEO is one that is constantly changing\u2014a fact that I am intimately aware of as the second-ever CEO of Rocket Software. As the lines between technology and business become increasingly blurred, it\u2019s critical that leaders have both the technical and business prowess to drive positive business outcomes that lead to long-term success.\n\nIn the past, most leaders had a specific set of skills that led to them being in charge. First, it was inventors\u2014they created the technology, so it seemed obvious that they would be the ones to build the business around it. But having an inventor\u2019s mind didn\u2019t always translate to business growth \u2013 so when the inventors began to retire, their successors were largely people with management backgrounds who had the ability to scale businesses. From there, sales and services leaders were the next generation of CEOs\u2014their predecessors had built the infrastructure, and now their job was to capture the attention of audiences.\n\nToday\u2019s environment is a unique one for leaders. Businesses cannot afford for leadership to be focused on just one part of the business\u2014the world is too interconnected and moves too quickly. Which is why we\u2019ve moved onto the era of technologists as CEOs.\n\nEvery company is a technology company in today\u2019s digital-first world. Industries are constantly being disrupted by the next big thing, which means businesses need modern CEOs that are equally comfortable managing the business as they are with technology. As so many organizations look to navigate digital transformation journeys, having a leader at the helm who understands the importance not just of having technology, but having the right technology, is critical.\n\nTechnology is a strategic advantage for today\u2019s organizations. Without a leader who can make those nuanced decisions, it\u2019s impossible to create solutions that will be useful for customers. And customers must always be at the center of any CEO\u2019s decisions.\n\nRocket\u2019s solutions touch the lives of so many every day \u2013 from withdrawing money from an ATM to swiping your credit card at a convenience store, our technology is critical to ensuring the lives of millions run smoothly. As a technologist myself, I am excited to take on the challenges of today\u2019s fast-paced, interconnected world and continue working closely with teams across our organization to continue Rocket\u2019s legacy of delivering the solutions that allow our customers to innovate for the future.\n\nTo learn more about these solutions, visit our website.