| |FEBRUARY 20215VOL 4 · ISSUE 01 - 01 · FEBRUARY - 2021Ever since the Y2K, the role of a CIO has been under constant evolution. With the intense spotlight of COVID-19 pandemic, it, however, is not an ideal environment to celebrate the two-decade milestone. Although the pandemic has presented a watershed moment from a CIO perspective. CIOs, especially newly appointed CIOs, need to comprehend the fact that the skill sets and traits you require have changed dramatically over the past year alone; not to mention the constant change in harmony with the dynamic technology industry. Something that was merely a facilitation infrastructure a few years ago, Information Technology has now emerged as the most important pillar enabling business continuity during the unfavorable business environment triggered by COVID-19. The mindset of organizations and people towards digital transformation has changed dramatically, thanks to the countless benefits on the table, ranging from business continuity to ease of working, and collaboration capabilities. While this presents an amazing opportunity for CIOs to play a pivotal role in the organization and contribute directly to its growth, it also poses enormous challenges ­ largely in terms of cyber threats. Now that we are almost past the crisis mode, CIOs will continue to be the catalysts of organizational growth and drivers of business transformation, which implies that today's CIO needs to know the business. This can be interpreted as having decisive acumen for operations and strategy, while cross-industry knowledge will become a bonus. Emotional intelligence and communication skills will guide them further forward in the roadmap of success. In this yearly special issue, CIO of the Year - 2021, we endeavor to elucidate the stories of some of the successful modern day CIOs.Do let us know your thoughts.Sujith Vasudevan Managing EditorThe Modern-Day CIO & Business ExpectationsOffice Editorial queries editor@cioinsiderindia.comAdvertising Queriessales@cioinsiderindia.comBangaloreTel 080 46441103 To subscribeVisit www.cioinsiderindia.com/subscribe/ or send email to: subscription@cioinsiderindia.comCover price is Rs 150 per issueAshok KumarSales & MarketingGarima AnandGroup Art DirectorMagendran PerumalCirculation ManagerEditorial TeamShiwani PrakashSaroop KPVaishnavi PradeepRajan Sarma Lakshmi GCIOInsiderNo. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugheshpalya, Bangalore-560017S.SivasankarVetrivel SVisualizerPublisher & EditorManaging EditorAlok ChaturvediSujith VasudevanPrinted and published by Alok Chaturvedi on Behalf of SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd and Printed at Precision Fototype Services at Sri Sabari Shopping Complex, 24 Residency Road Bangalore-560025 and Published at No. 124, 2nd Floor, Surya Chambers, Old Airport Road, Murugeshpalya, Bangalore-560017.Copyright © 2021 SiliconMedia Technologies Pvt Ltd, All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photography or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the magazine and accordingly, no liability is assumed by the publisher.Editorial
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