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Westpac CIO Dawie Olivier on 'The killer app for today’s ICT teams'

Westpac CIO Dawie Olivier on 'The killer app for today’s ICT teams'

“Unless we build organisations that are able to adapt to and to use whatever technology comes along we are actually wasting our time."

The real threat is our inability to react and adapt appropriately.
The real threat is our inability to react and adapt appropriately.

Dawie Olivier, CIO at Westpac New Zealand, smiles when asked about technologies that CIOs are checking out.

“I am much more excited by cultures and methods than in flavours of the month.”

Every week, there is a new top of mind technology, because that is how disruption works in the digital era, he says.

But for Olivier, the killer app for today’s CIOs and their teams has nothing to do with technology.

“It is the ability to transform the organisation – ICT and beyond – to be able to adapt to anything coming down the track,” says Olivier.

Much as technologies represent the threat, he states, “the real threat is our inability to react and adapt appropriately.”

Thus, he says, “The CIO’s mission is to build a team that can adapt to these changes, and more importantly, can test and learn with the market all the time.

“That is where our future lies.”

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