MDeC announces IDC-fueled CIO Survival Guide series
By Digital News Asia April 2, 2013
- Forums and workshops, in partnership with IDC, to help Malaysian CIOs address challenges
- CIOs must refocus and become true champions of business innovation: MDeC
THE Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) will be launching the CIO Survival Guide program, a series of forums and educational workshops in partnership with the technology market research firm IDC.
The program was developed to help Malaysian CIOs (chief information officers) more efficiently address the challenges associated with surviving and thriving in a rapidly changing and competitive marketplace, MDeC said in a statement.
The CIO Survival Guide program will focus on helping CIOs not only cope with the rapidly changing technological landscape, but also better equip them to help service their internal customers as well as drive real value for their organization’s external customers, the national ICT custodian said in its statement.
For CIOs to survive and ultimately thrive, they must refocus and become more than just enablers or purveyors of technology across the enterprise – they must become true champions of business innovation, MDeC said.
“The CIO Survival Guide is an ideal opportunity for CIOs to gain knowledge and advice on the various issues and challenges to succeed,” said MDeC chief executive officer Badlisham Ghazali (pic).
“The first in the series is especially relevant and will place focus on best practices in respective industries,” he added.
The Guide will look into all layers of the ICT ecosystem, from making sense of big data, simplifying mobility in a multiple device world and coping with role-based transformational requirements to addressing organizational gaps resulting from information overload.
The first of the Survival Guide series will focus on how organizations can improve their ability to be more strategic with IT investments so as to ensure that IT strategy is better aligned to business strategies and goals.
“The challenge facing most CIOs is that the true value of the work they do only manifests itself in the efficient creation, capture and access by the business of the data that underlies all IT,” said Simon Piff, associate vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure at IDC Asia/Pacific.
“However, in order to provision efficient access to the information that lies within the data, CIOs have to focus their energies on infrastructure that, to many business users, is an abstract layer away from what the business perceives as important.
“The most efficient organizations have adopted new processes and procedures that enable a transformation of the perception of IT from cost center to strategic business contributor, and it is IDC’s intent to help Malaysian organizations understand the current landscape and establish a clear path to adopting transformative IT strategies where relevant,” said Piff.
Selected Malaysian CIOs will work with MDeC and IDC to participate in a summit to be held in June this year. Participants at the summit, entitled “The Information Enabled Enterprise,” will be given the chance to benchmark their competencies against their peers across Malaysian industries as well as to interact with other IT leaders in order to gain insight into some of the available best practices, MDeC said.
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