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How CIOs are Adapting in the Digital World

Helen Arnold, Chief Information Officer and Chief Process Officer, SAP SE
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Helen Arnold, Chief Information Officer and Chief Process Officer, SAP SE
SAP SE (Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing) is a European multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP has regional offices in 130 countries and over 293,500 customers spread across 190 countries.

Thanks to the cloud and the digital economy, today's CIOs have a strong strategic leadership role to play. Savvy CIOs realize that the cloud is here to stay, and they focus on preparing their businesses for an ever-changing digital future while delivering rock-solid results today.
As innovators, CIOs have transitioned out of the traditional role of implementation managers. They are now advising how their organizations can use technology to unlock innovation, enable new types of engagement, and spark disruptive business models.

Technology topics are now part of the mainstream. While IT was previously seen as a support function, it is now becoming a key component of business strategy. And this is where it should rightfully belong.
There are three key aspects driving this change:
- Cloud solutions are comparatively easy and fast to deploy, allowing businesses to spend less time and resources on implementation and more on improving business results
- Cloud solutions remove complexity around maintenance and updates by engaging solutions from vendors specialized in the area, allowing companies to focus on their core businesses
- The digital economy means business is evolving at a pace and speed never before imagined

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