Business Management

Peer networking: The importance for CIOs and other IT leaders

The importance of technology within organizations has done many things; most of all, it has made a range of companies aware of the power and importance that a chief information officer (CIO) or equivalent has in an organization. It’s for this reason that IT leaders are bombarded with requests to attend an event, sign-up to a webinar or register for whitepapers and analyst insights.

But, despite the growing number of ways that IT leaders have to gain knowledge and insight that can help them in their roles, there is one way which CIOs, chief digital officers, chief technology officers and others all continue to say is helpful – and perhaps most beneficial to them – and that is the peer network.

The most obvious way that the peer network is used as an advantage, is as Laura Meyer, CIO of publishing company HarperCollins states, to understand what others are doing, what is working and what isn’t working.

“It’s important to be connected and have a peer network; talking to people about what they’re doing [in their organizations] is a great way to find information,” she says.

Cindy Fedell, CIO of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, part of the UK’s NHS network, suggests that this gives the IT leader in question the ability to assess where the organization stands in regards to IT maturity in a benchmarking kind of approach.

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Sooraj Shah

Sooraj Shah is a freelance technology journalist whose key focus is on how IT leaders are transforming their organisations using emerging technology. 

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