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A Strategic CIO, on Culture and Talent

For Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr., people are at the center of digital transformation.

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“CIOs are being asked to step up our game,” said Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr., “to be business liaisons, the bridge between the technology and business outcomes.”

To do that, however, demands sweeping culture change in IT – which Diaz calls the hardest part of digital transformation.

A true strategic CIO, Diaz has been a driving force in Cisco’s transformation from a hardware to a software and solutions company – by embracing and supporting emerging technologies and new business models.

Equally important, he’s maintained a laser focus on culture, talent, and expanding the skill sets of his teams, as they’ve forged a much closer alignment between IT and Cisco’s Business. And he’s accomplished all of that while being a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility.

Recently, Diaz shared his enthusiasm for culture change – and deep knowledge of IT – before a packed hall at Gartner Symposium ITXPO in Orlando.

Then, he met with Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney for a free-ranging one-on-one discussion – on the culture and talent issues that challenge all CIOs.

Read more thoughts from Diaz and other IT leaders in The Challenge of IT Culture Change.