Is the CMO pushing the CIO off the IT budget chair? And if so, how can you forge a relationship with sales and marketing that leverages the best results for all concerned?
There’s a new synergy happening in the boardroom, and while some CIOs are left floundering by fast-shifting demands for them to become more agile, customer-responsive and creative, most are finding that they have more in common with their new best mate, the chief marketing officer, than they ever suspected. Laura McLellan, a research analyst at Gartner Inc, lobbed a grenade into the CIO trenches last year when she claimed that by 2017, the average CMO would control more of the IT spend than would the average CIO.
That’s not an empty promise; at its core, marketing is about communicating. And in today’s hyper-connected world, communicating is about technology.
As commerce becomes e-commerce and direct mail becomes direct email, marketing gains a more central role in organisations. But in a space where customer interaction is increasingly digital and where key technologies are increasingly in the hands of the customer, both the CMO and CIO are working outside their comfort zones.
It only makes sense that they buddy up.
“The CMO lives in the world of art, the CIO lives in the world of science, and today’s market is about a blending of art and science,” says Brock Douglas, who heads IBM Australia’s Smarter Commerce division.
“They each need to develop new skills, and they do that by working across the organisation.”