It’s not about me—every leader is a tech leader
February 22, 2021
What a difference a year makes. If possible, technology seems to have proved its value like never before. As the latest Accenture Technology Vision shows, being able to act fast and embrace change in every part of the business is closely tied to the technology decisions all of us make—and that’s especially relevant when riding out a pandemic.
With cloud at the core, technology is no longer just one vehicle for success, it’s the vehicle that all possible success depends on. Which is one of the reasons why Accenture recently announced a US$3B investment to help clients become “cloud-first” businesses.
So, if technology carries the responsibility for making change happen, shouldn’t we accept that it’s the remit of more than one business function? I know that, even in my role as CIO, technology shifts at scale are not just about me or my team. Our progress—not only running Accenture during the pandemic but also supporting the introduction of a new growth model early in 2020—has been a direct result of being backed by the entire C-suite. And we’ve also counted on the new ways of working we introduced being fully embraced by all our people.
Our Technology Vision offers some interesting examples of industries where conventional business ideas have been upended. We were all too aware of the need to turn tech innovation to value for people and businesses during the pandemic. Along with Lincoln Financial Group, ServiceNow and Verizon, Accenture developed and launched People + Work Connect in just 12 days. An employer-to-employer initiative, it brings together companies laying off or furloughing people with those companies in urgent need of workers—a different approach for unusual times.
Here’s more on the key trends in the 2021 Accenture Technology Vision:
I’m excited by the fact that technology is helping to broaden leadership horizons, so that we all have a hand in what our businesses achieve and their impact on the world.
I firmly believe that when technology, ambition and a commitment to people converge, what seems impossible can become a reality. In the wise words of Accenture’s own CEO, Julie Sweet: “Let there be change”—and let us all play a part in managing it.
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