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From Information to Integration: The Role of the CIO

August 15, 2015

With the rise of interconnected devices and networks, the Chief Information Officer isn’t just responsible for information technology or hardware. The new role of the CIO is the Chief Integration Officer, bridging the gap between business initiatives and IT. This role encompasses the collaboration and standardization of data within a company, as well as aligning the company’s tech with overarching business strategies.

A Chief Integration Officer holds an enterprise-wide view of how individual projects, products or processes integrate in the business. This individual ensures there are no redundancies within the company-wide tech sphere or within individual departments.

CIO roles include:

> Understanding All Lines of Business
Not to mention, recognizing the potential for tech integration and strategy. This translates to CIOs keeping an eye on strategy and innovation in the tech sphere. With this knowledge a CIO can quickly implement a strategy or pivot to a more appropriate path.

> Organizing its Assets 
It’s crucial to have a steady grasp on the different systems and networks at play, their limits and plans for upgrade or customization.

>Focusing on Flexibility
As a CIO, it’s crucial to remain flexible. How can you leverage the benefits of disruptive technologies with your current operational needs? Balance the drive for innovative solutions with everyday demands. Similarly, being agile means having the ability to quickly adapt to new programs and software, as well as plan and predict future shifts in the company’s IT needs.

Sterling National Bank can work with your business to find new opportunities for financing tech. Contact Client Services or your relationship manager at 855.274.2800.