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The CIO of Everything: Orchestrating in an Internet of Things World

Published: 03 April 2017

ID: G00325266

Analyst(s): Jenny Beresford, Christie Struckman


As the IoT connects and diffuses billions of actors, data and sentiment across the expanding digital landscape, it also ramps up the power and complexity of the CIO's role. In an IoT world, CIOs must radically adapt their vision, decision making and capabilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Get Ready to Manage Increased Complexity: Build an IoT War Room
    • Develop an IoT strategy and roadmap
    • Map and monitor your enterprise's critical IoT domains
    • Build a dedicated IoT team for the enterprise
  • Assume Incomplete Data: Increase Comfort With Imperfect Control
    • Reduce limitations, and mitigate risks in an expanding and fluid IoT world
    • Practice making rapid, difficult decisions with snapshots of incomplete data
    • Offset imperfect control with trust and teamwork
  • Embark Into Uncharted Territory: Prepare for Expanded Possibilities
    • Assume the IoT lead at the C-level
    • Ramp up your strategic foresight, risk appetite and inventiveness
    • Practice agile IoT product development
  • Orchestrate the IoT to Generate Value

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