The five finalists for the 2021 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award have hit upon a straightforward way to achieve business-IT alignment: Be the business
Linda Tucci writes in SearchCIO,
"Money -- how to make it, save it, grow it: If there's a thread that ties together the five finalists for this year's MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, it's their grasp of a fundamental reality of the commercial world -- businesses are in business to make money..."
"When we talk about IT or digital technology, my team's focus is to raise margins, increase sales and improve the productivity of the entire organization." That was how Anupam Khare, CIO at OshKosh Corp., a 104-year-old maker of vehicles and equipment for military, firefighting and business uses, described his IT organization in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium's online session showcasing the award finalists. His advice to aspiring CIOs? "Learn how the business makes money."
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