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The start of April saw more Google searches of the term “life after Coronavirus” as people the world over began to question whether things would ever be the same again. 

As CIOs everywhere scrambled to implement work from home solutions, the team at digital-adoption.com was scouring CIO news stories for hints at what the future will hold.  


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In this article, we’ve rounded up 5 of the top CIO news stories people are talking about right now in the wake of the Coronavirus. 

CIO news: 5 of the latest top stories

1. Virtual summits a huge success

Nobody was sure how virtual gatherings at global conferences would go, but in the wake of massive attendance to HMG Strategy’s HMG Live, it would seem virtual summits are a success.

Hundreds of top-tier technology executives have been drawn to the 90-minute virtual CIO and CISO summits as part of the HMG Live weekly series. The sessions focused on leading courageously and compassionately in a crisis.

HMG Strategy’s next Virtual Summit will be the HMG Live! Silicon Valley CISO Virtual Summit on Thursday, May 21.

Top-tier CIOs and technology executives who will be speaking at the Silicon Valley CISO Virtual Summit will include:

  • Hector Aguilar, President of Technology, Okta
  • Snehal Antani, Former CTO with the DoD, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Ed Amoroso, Founder & CEO, TAG Cyber
  • Todd Friedman, CISO, Resmed
  • Jay Kaplan, CEO, Synack
  • Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer & Head of Trust Engineering & Data Science, Airbnb
  • Beverly Lieberman, President, Halbrecht Lieberman Associates
  • Michael Piacente, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Hitch Partners
  • Stephen Spagnuolo, Digital Security & Risk Practice Lead, Stanton Chase
  • Brandon Traffanstedt, Global Director of Systems Engineering, CyberArk
  • David Williams, President & CEO, Genesys Works

2. Next generation CIOs primed 

At around the halfway mark of the USDA SES Candidate Development Program, which is designed to prime GS-14s and -15s with some supervisory experience to later take on roles as a chief information officer or chief information security officer, it looks as though the next generation of CIOs have been found. 

Of the 21 participants, 15 have expressed an interest in becoming CIOs, while the rest said they would pursue a CISO role in the future. 

Karlease Kelly, USDA’s chief learning officer, said:

“All of us have had experiences where, unfortunately, you have a leader who’s not particularly motivating or engaging and not particularly inspiring,” she said. “This program is designed to develop really good, strong leaders, leaders who can inspire their employees. They’re better problem-solvers. They’re better at anticipating and dealing with changes. They’re better working as a team. They’re more innovative.”  

3. Offices may reopen, but workers want to delay returning

Next up in CIO news, CIO Dive reports that almost two-thirds of U.S. workers say they would “not feel comfortable” coming back to their offices for another month or more. This is according to a survey of 2,000 U.S. workers commissioned by software company Citrix.

With very few offices providing protective equipment, coronavirus testing and contact tracing, more than three-quarters (77%) of workers say they’d either keep working from home permanently or only enter the office for specific purposes.

4. CIOs play pivotal role in company culture

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced CIOs to enable working from home for enterprise employees. But where do we go from here? Now that the workforce has evolved, it’ll be almost impossible to transition back to its traditional, pre-Coronavirus state.

CIOs have unwittingly played a pivotal role in a massive culture transformation. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2021, CIOs will be as responsible for culture change as chief HR officers.  

Leeds City Council chief digital and information officer, Dylan Roberts, says:

“That’s about the culture and the transformation of an organisation and how it embraces digital – it’s about always keeping your purpose in mind; thinking about what you do as a business and focusing on how technology can complement that purpose going forward”.

5. Digital adoption solutions become the norm

Our final top story in this CIO news summary is about digital adoption. With organizations all over the world forced into digital transformation by the Coronavirus, rapid adoption of digital tools is fundamental to survival.

Digital Adoption Solutions providers like WalkMe have expanded their offering in response. Enterprises can now take advantage of WalkMe’s contextual guidance through one centralized Desktop hub for all applications.

Organizations that don’t take advantage of adoption tools like these will soon find themselves extinct, as more digitally dextrous employees with improved productivity levels push their teams ahead of the competition.  

Conclusion

These are the top CIO news stories we’re currently talking about within the digital-adoption.com team. 

After the Coronavirus crisis, things will never be the same again. Digital will remain front and center of the enterprise world, and CIOs will be responsible for more than ever. The tools CIOs use, like Digital Adoption Solutions, will become central to their success.