CIOs face challenge with emerging role of chief digital officer, solutions architect warns

Some CIOs might take on the CDO function themselves, says Brian Finnegan

22nd February, 2017
What are the solutions? Brian Finnegan

What's your name?

Brian Finnegan

What’s your company and describe your role?

I’m a solutions architect with Sungard Availability Services. We design, build, and manage IT infrastructure for mission critical applications used by customers in several sectors including Aviation, Online Retail, and Pharma.

How long have you held the position?

I’ve been with Sungard Availability Services for 6 years, and in the role of solutions architect for the last 3 years.

What are your day to day responsibilities?

On any one day, I could be gathering requirements or whiteboarding a solution with a customer, working on an internal project with colleagues elsewhere in EMEA and the Americas, or discussing an initiative or challenge with a CIO.

What is your professional background?

I started working as an avionics engineer before switching career to IT, in which I’ve held roles in IT Operations, Management, and Consultancy. I’ve worked with a several organisations, new and old, from start-ups to those on the Fortune Global 500. I hold a BSc in Information Technology and an MSc in Internet Systems from Dublin City University.

Tell me about yourself away from work?

I love travelling and motoring, so especially like combining the two in a scenic road trip, such as my drive from Dublin to Austria, or more recently along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Tell us something very few people know about you?

My guilty pleasure is EDM.

You are speaking at the 2017 CIO Summit. What are you speaking about?

I’m presenting insights from Sungard AS’s recent research into the challenges facing Irish IT decision-makers as they attempt to drive transformation in their organisations.

What challenges do you see for your business/sector and the CIOs role with in?

It will be a challenge for CIOs to work with people in the emerging role of chief digital officer (CDO). Alternatively, some CIOs might see a challenge in taking on the CDO function themselves, negating the need for a new hire by driving a digital agenda.

Where would you like to see the role of the CIO in 10 years time?

I’d like to see CIOs universally acknowledged as business leaders who challenge the status quo - but the scope for that will vary by industry and organisation.

Brian Finnegan, Systems Architect, Sungard AS will speaking at the CIO Summit on March 30 at the AVIVA Stadium. See CIOSummit.ie for tickets and information.

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