Notable Quotes from CIOs and Industry Experts at the 2016 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

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During this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, many IT leaders gathered to discuss CIO leadership, technology transformation, and industry trends—including how to prepare for and make the most out of digital disruption.

Want to know what some of the IT industry’s leading visionaries had to say? Here are a few interesting excerpts we heard throughout the event:

 

“Digitization is making IT cool again.”
— Earl Newsome, Vice President and CIO, Praxair, Inc.
“To get to [be] CIO you need to clearly articulate to and for the business."
— Nicole Fontayne-Bardowell, CIO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
“We asked customers what their biggest barrier was to driving digital transformation. They said it’s culture.”
— Guillermo Diaz, Jr., CIO, Cisco
“Involve your people at every stage. If people feel they are part of the process, they will run through walls for you. I want my legacy to be that [the team] feels like they’re contributing, they understand their value and that this is the best place to work."
— Guillermo Diaz, Jr., CIO, Cisco
“You need to be a business leader first and a technology leader second. Especially in this new digital age, everything is becoming digitized. So it’s important to understand and be a partner with your business leaders to ensure that you are driving the right priorities as a company.”
— Karen Etzkorn, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, HSN, Inc.
“The role of CIO and being a leader as a CIO is changing. It’s about working in partnership with the business. Speaking the language of the business, being a leader. You are no longer minions doing the bidding of others. But transformers that use technology to lead.”
— David Willis, Gartner
“Don’t just think about devices. Think about how they are going to impact industries.”
— Kevin Bandy, Chief Digital Officer, Cisco
“CEOs don’t understand the magnitude of digital disruption.”
— Kevin Bandy, Chief Digital Officer, Cisco
“The primary role of a leader is to create more leaders.”
— Ed Porter, Gartner

 

 

Compiled by Stefanie McCann, editor, Connected Futures.

 


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