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The CIO Reality Check | Sadin on Digital

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Sadin on Digital” episodes explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business. Wayne Sadin and I focus in particular on what CEOs and boards must do to lead their companies successfully into the Digital Age. Today, we discuss business opportunities in 2021, networking, and cybersecurity.

Episode 23

The Big Themes:

  • Technical debt: If you write off $0.42 during a $100M bank reconciliation, I guess you created ‘financial debt,’ but so what? It’s the Enron’s of the tech debt realm that warrant attention.
  • Whenever you don’t fix something: Technical Debt as a board level off-balance sheet issue is the systemic and long-term policy of neglecting your IT environment.
  • Digital transformation: Just because it’s “digital” doesn’t make it transformative. Digital optimization is a good thing – it’s just not the same and distracts CEO/BoD’s.
  • CEOs/Board of Directors: You need a translator to help keep the discussion flowing. Someone who can call BS on the “just ain’t so.”

The Big Quote: “A CIO needs to be able to do all of those things. And then as their side job, keep all the tech plates spinning.”

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