Today's CIOs are challenged with finding ways to transform technology into a strategic advantage for the organization. The question many are unable to answer, is how to accelerate the pace of innovation from an IT department while keeping up with day-to-day requirements.
Speed of innovation seen as a top challenge for CIOs
A recent Twitter discussion led by TechTarget, with the hashtag #ciochat, sought insight into what CIOs were doing to satisfy traditional business requirements, while ensuring that their organizations adjusted to the difficulties of a rapidly shifting technological landscape. Use of custom development and implementation of Agile methodology and DevOps are among the solutions that CIOs et al have pursued to strike this critical balance between quality and speed.
Many CIOs want to be more actively engaged in pushing day-to-day operations forward and taking advantage of prominent new opportunities such as cloud computing. Along these lines, participants in the #ciochat conversation cited similar challenges such as:
- Making sure that IT has the wherewithal to support business strategy.
- Earning the respect of other executives within the organization.
- Ensuring that basic competencies, like network uptime, are in order, so that there's a base for innovation.
- Balancing an accelerated pace of business with quality of execution on each project.
- Implementing data governance and network security as infrastructure is upgraded.
- Re-educating staff who were trained during the era before cloud computing.
All of these ambitions require cross-organizational collaboration, hence the growing appetite for custom and cloud solutions. CIOs must ensure that IT has a place at the table as the business rethinks strategy and identifies opportunities for innovation. IT is no longer a helpdesk or accessory to the rest of the organization, but a vital indicator of its health.
"If you want to, start talking about a culture of innovation and how to formalize things like discovery work, leaders are all over those conversations," stated book author Jill Dyché, according to TechTarget. "And IT should be right in the middle of them."
Now is the perfect opportunity for IT departments to reshape their role in business strategy as they become more involved in the quest for innovation. Pinnacle can help the transformation by assisting with IT projects and services. Pinnacle's custom development division provides businesses with innovative solutions that facilitate growth and productivity.
How DevOps can accelerating the pace of innovation
DevOps, a term that represents both "development" and "operations," prioritizes cross-departmental collaboration - removing silos between technical and non-technical employees.
The DevOps methodology supports lean agile practices while encouraging collaboration throughout all stages of development. It is a relatively new concept, but one that is picking up steam. RightScale's 2014 State of the Cloud Report found that 62 percent of organizations planned to adopt DevOps, up from 54 percent the year before. This momentum is expected to continue as cloud solutions become a bigger part of many organizational operations.
Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, uses DevOp methodology as the framework for technological innovation. Whether redesigning a corporate website, automating workflows, improving reporting metrics, or developing a new set of business applications, Pinnacle works closely with clients to create custom solutions that turn technology into a strategic advantage.