The transformational power of technology

Xiaoyan Wang, senior vice president at Lenovo, was appointed chief information officer in March 2009. She is responsible for Lenovo's information technology strategy and operations including all aspects of Lenovo's global IT infrastructure, business applications development, support and maintenance, as well as information service delivery and security. Under Ms. Wang's leadership, the Information Technology organization is working closely with Lenovo's internal business partners in designing IT strategies, processes and architecture to support Lenovo's Think, Idea, mature and emerging market segments. Below she shares her insights on technology and some of the findings from our recent CIO whitepaper.

As business people, we are working in one of the most exciting and dynamic eras of recent history. Technology is driving immense transformations in our organisations and our lives. The devices we use in our workplaces, the information and intelligence we access through our computers and the integration of new technologies with our existing work habits make for a very interesting view of the world and of business.

However, technology in business cannot exist without technology leaders. It is people like you and I, CIOs and Heads of IT, that help our organisations realise the potential of technology as an enabler of change and success. With that in mind, let us consider how the role of the CIO and Head of IT are in flux.

Globally, we are seeing seismic shifts in how we are perceived by the businesses we work in and the sort of tasks we are being called on to complete. Now, more than ever, is a time of important and defining change for all of us. We must become greater collaborators contribute to our organisation like never before.

In Australia, Lenovo and Intel have addressed this important issue for our industry by developing a report that explores the dynamic nature of the professional world in which we as technology leaders operate.

No two of us are alike in the sense that our business challenges and operating conditions are unique. However, one thing is common to all of us; we have the opportunity and responsibility to shape and define what it means to be a technology leader now and into the future.

In considering how to implement this ideal, we must also be honest in that we find ourselves at a divide between two worlds. One is the old world where we were called on to deliver various information systems and reliable technology. The other is the new world where our role is focused on delivering business value by integrating technology solutions into business strategies.

I believe that, as an industry, we have not yet reached a point where we are entirely comfortable or accepted in this new world. It is an ongoing process that requires a greater connection with the rest of our business’ executive team and the need to re-assert ourselves within our organisation.

By doing this, we can expect to find a meaningful place amongst the executive team and developing the skills and knowledge we need to be valuable players in the businesses of the future.

I invite you to read the white paper and gain a better understanding of where we are all heading and how we can make the most of the transformative power of technology, both as business leaders and technology leaders.

Xiaoyan Wang
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Lenovo

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To read more about the next chapter in the evolution of technology leaders’ role in Australian business, download the white paper here.