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Podcast: Anatomy of a Modern Day Technology Leader

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Discover the modern day technology leader and listen to Jon Bernstein as he moderates this podcast debate. 

The speakers of this roundtable include: 

  • Lauro Matias, CIO, EEI 
  • Keith Baxter, Head of IT and Student Systems, Carlow College

The role of the technology leader has evolved in myriad ways and that has largely benefited the business. Once purely technical minds have more business acumen than before. What does that mean for new recruits? And what does the modern day technology leader look like?

A CIO’s attributes

Moderator Jon Bernstein put forward the question: what attributes make a great CIO in 2022?

Keith Baxter, Head of IT and Student Systems at Carlow College, believes there is a certain personality and skillset involved. In addition to this, having patience is also important when it comes to the attributes of a CIO or CTO. 

Integrity also comes into play when considering attributes, according to EEI’s CIO Lauro Matias. He argued that the whole organization considers the CTO an impartial referee. “You’re the person they see as the strategy guy”, he said. 

Technical acumen 

“I have to be one step ahead at the very least”, said Lauro. Modern technology leaders need to be more well-informed on the latest trends and practices in the technology industry. Lauro recalls how some people have said that construction is the last industry they would expect to adopt vigil technology. “But once you get them started they will try to do a lot of things. Visual scanners, reality capture, digital twin – even though things are not yet needed by the organization”. His reasoning behind this is that CTOs need to act as advisors to avoid adopting unnecessary methods. 

Valuable leadership tactics

Technology leaders, Keith argued, used to be “in the shadows”. The pandemic has now brought this to light. He said that they have helped turn transformation into an enabler for the business, as well as taking on the role of monitoring cyber risk. This constant mitigation of risks, Keith said, is one of the few things that gave continuity to the business, and enabled the business to trade.

This podcast was recorded at The Studio.