July 18, 2017
July 18, 2017
Contributor: Susan Moore
CIOs must be armed with powerful adaptive capabilities to be a digital leader.
Powerful "digital dragons” are rising today, and they include companies that are embracing digital disruption and using it to enter, take over and dominate markets they often didn't even play in before. There's no safe place for the competitive enterprise. To deny, obfuscate, hide or retreat may end in disaster.
“There’s no pre-cut pattern for 21st-century business,” says Bard Papagaaij, research vice president at Gartner. “Safe pathways to success will be unknown and difficult to predict or even reliably test. CIOs must be armed with powerful adaptive capabilities and harness disruptive technologies and concepts to outmaneuver rivals.”
Digital dragons will continue to emerge from the edge of known markets and sectors: quick, silent and stealthy, yet metaphorically "breathing fire" to ignite red-hot competitive tension.
To compete with or become a digital dragon, CIOs should follow three steps to arm their enterprise with qualities that will sustain it through volatile business cycles.
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Gartner clients can read more in The Armed and Potent Digital Leader: How to Become a Digital Dragon by Bard Papagaaij, et al. This is part of a special report Leadership in the Digital Age.
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