Software Saviors: Forbes CIO Next List Highlights Tech Leaders Preparing Business for a Post-Pandemic Recovery
The Forbes article, "Software Saviors: Forbes CIO Next List Highlights Tech Leaders Preparing Business for a Post-Pandemic Recovery," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Eric Sigurdson on COVID-19's impact on technology leaders. The article is excerpted below.
Prominent Silicon Valley VC Marc Andreessen coined the phrase “software is eating the world” to emphasize how digital insurgents have transformed industry after industry. After the past year’s events, perhaps it’s time to rephrase that to “software is saving the world.”
Computers and the programs they run have played a crucial role in supporting researchers hunting for Covid-19 vaccines, governments trying to keep track of the virus’s spread via mobile apps and companies shifting millions of employees to remote work and launching new e-commerce sites to stay connected to customers.
The corporate executives responsible for building and deploying software have also played a central role in the response to the pandemic. CIOs morphed into corporate first responders as soon as the enormity of the threat posed by the coronavirus became clear. The challenges they’ve faced since then have been daunting and their efforts have helped many businesses navigate successfully through a radically changed economic and social landscape.
“In many cases, [the pandemic] has allowed top tech leaders to flex their muscles and show what they are capable of doing,” said Eric Sigurdson of executive search firm Russell Reynolds. “Industry by industry [they] got an opportunity to accelerate their technology plans.” Various studies have shown that several years’ worth of digital adoption based on pre-crisis trends were compressed into a few months last year as Covid-19 spread.
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