A simple but powerful question drives IT leaders today: how do you drive more business value?

CIOs have always worked to incorporate new technologies, processes, and behaviors that transform business strategy and competitive advantage. Many now are working to translate trends like artificial intelligence, digitalization, and cloud into purposeful initiatives that drive innovation.

But today, there’s something else going on in IT departments across the globe. Despite the intense pressure to do more with less and to get (and stay) ahead of technological advances, there’s excitement building in office corridors and meeting rooms, and a tangible optimism rising in the air.

IT leaders are emerging from the back office, forging new, more collaborative partnerships across the enterprise that open a new line of sight into business value. As these synergies evolve, teams are connecting the dots between technology and the value it brings to the business.

Every day, we hear from IT leaders using bold new strategies and partnerships to transform markets, changing the trajectory of their companies and their own careers in the process. Their tales of success and failure inspire others just turning the corner. 

Welcome to Emerge.

Emerge shares narratives from the most progressive technology leaders in business today, providing a steady cadence of stories and analysis from peers actively increasing revenue, differentiation, and customer satisfaction for their organizations.

What makes Emerge different from any other online source of technology news and information is our relationship with the most influential technology leaders in business today. Powered by Apptio, the founder of the technology business management (TBM) discipline, Emerge shares authentic, real-world experiences of IT leaders at companies large and small. These leaders are on a mission to move IT out of the back office and into the boardroom, and their remarkable stories inspire and motivate us on a daily basis.

What to expect from us.

Every week we’ll bring you thoughtful new interviews that celebrate the rise of modern IT leadership. From Rhonda Gass’ thoughts on Industry 4.0 disruption on the manufacturing floor to Paul Chapman’s reflections on “born in the cloud” culture, we hope you find the cast of visionaries and practitioners we’ve assembled here engaging and empowering as you work to create more business value in your own organization.

You'll also hear from industry experts like Peter Grydgaard at Deloitte and TBM practitioners like Derek Puckett at the State of Washington sharing perspective on the most pressing technology issues and trends organizations are wrestling with today. And you'll be the first to hear about new products and solutions tailored to meet the needs of modern IT leaders. 

Most importantly, you'll find a new platform to share your own team's successes and insights. We want to hear from you—both your stories and your feedback on the content, experiences, and topics most relevant to your organization and aspirations. Please reach out to us! You can contact our editorial team directly at [email protected].

Julia Davis, CIO at Aflac, may have said it best: “When we chose this career path, we chose to be at the forefront of change.” Perhaps the answer to driving business value is as simple and powerful as that. If you come out of the back office, out from under the shadow of unsustainable spend, and off the treadmill of relentless innovation (at least for a moment), you’ll find the path to business value is being forged by IT leaders. Just like you. 

Welcome to Emerge.

Kristiana Lockman, Editor, Emerge

 As the editor of Emerge, Kristiana covers the rise of modern IT leadership in weekly interviews, trends, and news coverage. Prior to Emerge, Kristiana spent 20+ years in technology, finance, and consumer organizations where she mastered the fine art of executive storytelling. Tell her your story at [email protected].