Abbie’s opening presentation was terrific – great storytelling backed by empirical data. Her message on digital leadership was well received by our audience of CIOs.

Stephen Lamb, Chief Information Officer, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

…Flawless, very engaging…! Abbie’s presentation was well received by our large audience of CIOs.

Jeff Mackanic, Sr. Director Global Awareness, Red Hat

Abbie addressed over 330 Raytheon employees at our IT Forum in Washington. She provided great value through her timely insights into the challenges IT organizations face. Bravo!

Rebecca Rhoads, Chief Information Officer, Raytheon Company

…Outstanding! Pulling off an engaging, professional executive panel is a real art. If you want it done well, I strongly recommend Abbie for the job

Max Mayer, Sr. Vice President, Pegasystems, on PegaWorld global user conference

…An amazing writer and storyteller, Abbie has the ability to extract the voice of the company and bring it to life in her work. This was especially important in the case study she wrote on the evolution of our company’s culture. Abbie felt like a member of our team. Her professionalism and thoroughness stood out.

Ricky Gradwohl, Director of Global Public Relations, Hitachi Data Systems

We worked closely with Abbie on an original research report investigating the role of the CIO at innovative companies. I have the highest respect and regard for her work.

Jeff Mackanic, Sr. Director Global Awareness, Red Hat

Abbie has been a contributing editor to Harvard Business Review Analytic Services since 2010 and has led some of our most important projects on business transformation. Her understanding of the confluence of technology and business is exceptional.

Alex Clemente, Managing Director, HBR Analytic Services

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Have CIOs Failed?

I have to admit it — I'm baffled. In all the research I've done in the past year, business leaders again and again say they believe the CIO is the right person to lead digital innovation. And yet, again and again, there's a gap between where everyone — CIOs and their business partners included — think the CIO should be and where they actually are. CIOs just can't seem to break out of the technology service provider role.

In the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study, "Business Transformation and the CIO Role," 94% of respondents said CIOs would add the most value to the business by either leading business technology transformation or, even better, leading IT-driven business innovation and strategy. Only 6% voted for the CIO to focus on running the IT function to support business operations. And yet the vast majority — 70% — said that's exactly where the CIO spends his or her time.

I've also had a number of conversations lately with strategic CIOs who view their role as helping their business leverage information — they frame the digital opportunity in that context. Sure, they need technology to do that, but that's not where the value lies or how they define their role.

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November 24, 2015
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