“Digital disruption is a big area to tackle, that can’t just be on the to-do list for an IT director to get to when they have time.
With businesses across all sectors looking at ways to become disruptors, rather than the disrupted, the time for harnessing opportunities and embracing change is now. But, dealing with change and disruption comes with a whole host of challenges. This is perhaps why, while 87 per cent of companies believe digital will disrupt their industry, only 44 per cent claim to be adequately prepared for this digital disruption.
Many businesses will have a director of IT or CIO in place, who is responsible for the digital aspect of the business. However, digital disruption is a big area to tackle, meaning that it can’t just be on the to-do list for an IT director to get to when he has time. This in turn raises the question of whether responsibility for digital innovation should fall as part of their remit, or whether there should be somebody else within the business whose main role is to deal specifically with digital disruption.
For example, the remit of our director of systems is largely what you would expect from that position. He ensures the systems are running and that regular refresh and upgrade requirements are met, modernising the underlying technology infrastructure to ensure it is equipped for whatever the digital team may be working on.”