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The Changing Role of the COO in the Digital Era

With the accelerating pace of digital transformation, the role of the COO is changing. No longer solely focused on operational efficiencies, COOs are now at the forefront of leading their organisation's digital transformation.

COOs have traditionally been tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operations of an organisation. However, with the advent of digital technologies, this role is changing. COOs are now expected to leverage these technologies to improve operational efficiency, drive innovation, and deliver superior customer experiences.

So, how can a COO steer digital transformation effectively? First and foremost, they need to understand the digital landscape and the technologies that are reshaping their industry. This includes technologies such as AI, Big Data, IoT, and Blockchain, to name a few. By understanding these technologies, COOs can identify opportunities for digital innovation in their organisation.

Next, they need to foster a culture of digital readiness within their organisation. This means training the workforce in digital skills, encouraging a mindset of continuous learning, and promoting a culture of innovation. As a COO, they are in a unique position to drive this cultural change and ensure that their organisation is ready to embrace the digital future.

Finally, to align digital strategies with business objectives, they also need to collaborate closely with their other colleagues on the board, particularly the CIO and CTO. This strategic alignment is crucial for ensuring that their digital transformation efforts deliver real business value.

By leading digital transformation in their organisation, COOs can drive operational efficiency, foster innovation and ultimately ensure the long-term success of the business.

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The Editorial Team