As cloud computing and cloud ERP continue to grow the role of the CIO has seen a shift in recent years toward having a more business management focus and an emphasis on controlling costs. Now often referred to as the Chief Innovation Officer, CIOs can leverage available cloud technology like ERP on-demand to gain business insight and achieve their new goals.
CIOs need as much flexibility in sourcing and procuring service as possible, according to a recent article at Forbes on the subject of Chief Innovation Officer. Cloud computing has given them technology flexibility they need to avoid upfront, capex-based investments.
Because so much of the personal use software drives what employees want to use at work, the CIO needs switch to a service-provider mindset, or otherwise run the risk experiencing fast-growing “shadow IT.” People are growing accustomed to procuring online software and this leads them contract directly with external service providers for the solutions they need.
So, it is up to the CIO to establish an environment where they can delegate to the business the day-to-day use of cloud-based software and services. Cloud ERP can help avoid unnecessary costs and problems with a single solution that unifies processes across the business. Now all users are able to innovate with new collaboration models and gain higher productivity from their technology, while the CIO can use ERP on-demand to gain business insight.