As the realities of digital change, evolve, and grow, the CIO position has become more critical. The CIO as “IT operator” is a construct of the past. The role has evolved to include business strategy co-creator, change instigator, and innovator. Successful CIOs operate in an environment of cohesive collaboration to bridge the long-standing barriers between business and IT in the race to deliver customer and business value. In a time of near constant disruption in the digital world, CIOs are recognizing the importance of taking on a new mantle—that of trusted partner.