Q&A: Defining the CIO vision, and putting it into action

Helen Constantinides leads a group-wide application transformation and modernisation project for AVBOB Mutual; here's how she translates business requirements into action plans.

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As group chief information officer for the AVBOB Mutual Assurance Society, Helen Constantinides leads technology transformation initiatives for more than 8,000 employees, 380 branches, a manufacturing plant and a partner broker network.

She's currently involved in the biggest initiative of her career: a group-wide application transformation and modernisation project.

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) recently nominated Constantinides as one of the finalists for the 2019 Annual President’s Visionary CIO of the Year Award, to be announced at the end of the month in Johannesburg.

In this Q&A, she discusses what it means to be a visionary, and procedures used at AVBOB -- the largest mutual society in Africa -- to ensure that business requirements can be translated into action items that move technology, and the business, forward. Edited excerpts follow:

What constitutes a visionary in the context of the CIO role and how would you describe the dynamics of your role as CIO at AVBOB?

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