C-level executives face several challenges and difficulties when it comes to benchmarking and keeping up with trends. Here are a few common ones:

1. Data Availability and Accuracy: Gathering accurate and relevant data for benchmarking can be challenging, especially when it comes to comparing performance across industries or geographies. Ensuring data integrity and having access to comprehensive and up-to-date information can be difficult.

2. Identifying Relevant Benchmarks: With numerous benchmarks available, executives need to identify the ones most relevant to their industry, organization size, and specific goals. Choosing the right benchmarks that provide meaningful insights can be a complex task.

3. Interpretation and Contextualization: Once the benchmark data is obtained, executives must interpret it correctly and apply the findings within the context of their own organization. Understanding the factors influencing the results and determining their significance can be challenging.

4. Rapidly Evolving Trends: Keeping up with emerging trends and technologies is crucial for executives to remain competitive. However, the pace of change can be overwhelming, making it difficult to distinguish between fleeting fads and long-term shifts that require attention and action.

5. Implementation Challenges: Translating benchmarking insights into actionable strategies and initiatives can be challenging. Executives must navigate internal dynamics, align stakeholders, and overcome organizational resistance to change.

6. Balancing Short-term and Long-term Objectives: Executives often face the challenge of balancing short-term financial goals with the need to invest in long-term trends and innovations. Striking the right balance is critical to ensure both immediate success and sustained growth.

To overcome these challenges, executives can leverage data analytics tools, engage in industry collaborations and networks, foster a culture of learning and adaptation within their organizations, and seek external expertise to gain insights and guidance.

Criteria to be a part of this forum

Holding a job title equivalent to the below:

  • Have geographical remit or be based in South Africa (a must)
  • CTO (Chief Technology Officer)
  • CDO (Chief Digital Officer)
  • CDO (Chief Data Officer)
  • COO (Chief Operations Officer)
  • CSO (Chief Strategy Officer)
  • Chief Innovation Officer

The community have organically recommended others that they feel can add value to the community forum.

No employees or evangelists of service providers, government entities, consultants and advisory services are to be approved access to this group at this stage.

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Your Alliances Regional Director

The Role of the Board

To increase awareness of the community-driven touchpoints and chapters in order to ensure that the educational chapters we support receive a wide-ranging and objective contribution from the community.

Assist other CIOs in the area in highlighting the themes and subjects on the Alliances Projects agenda that will be prepared for the area.

Provide any suggestions and direction to strengthen the Alliances in South Africa and elsewhere.

As a board members, they must not have any conflicts of interest that could jeopardise their employment with the organisations they represent. Only when time permits should this role be affected, with any work-related issues taking precedence.


The purpose of a CIO-led Non-Executive Director (NED) board within the CIO Alliances is to harness the collective wisdom and expertise of experienced technology leaders in guiding and shaping the strategic direction of the CIO Alliances. These NEDs, selected from diverse industries and backgrounds, bring invaluable insights and perspectives that enrich the decision-making process and ensure alignment with emerging trends and best practices in the ever-evolving digital landscape to be unpacked in a working group style engagement taking multiple forms including but, not limited to, digital and physical workshops.

The NED board serves as a strategic advisory body, providing guidance and oversight to the CIO Alliances Community. With their deep understanding of technology, business acumen, and extensive leadership experience, these NEDs play a pivotal role in driving innovation, fostering collaboration promoting authentic two-way engagement, and championing the interests of CIOs and technology executives within the region.

By actively participating in board discussions, sharing their industry knowledge, and offering strategic guidance, the NEDs contribute to the development of initiatives and programs that empower CIOs and IT leaders to navigate the complexities of today’s digital era. They help shape the Alliances vision, ensure its objectives are mutually aligned with the needs of the technology community, and promote the broadening of the peer network without bias but, only educational gain for Strategic, Cultural and Technological advancements for industry progression.

Furthermore, the CIO-led NED board acts as a bridge between the CIO Alliances and other stakeholders, including industry associations, government bodies, and technology vendors. They help foster meaningful collaborations and partnerships, leveraging their extensive networks to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, thought leadership, and industry-wide advocacy.

In essence, the purpose of the CIO-led NED board is to provide strategic guidance, leverage industry expertise, and promote the collective voice of CIOs and technology leaders within the CIO Alliances. Their commitment to driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and advancing the role of technology in business sets the foundation for empowering CIOs and shaping the future of technology leadership.


CIO-led NED Board

Job Title: Chairperson - CIO-led NED Board

Terms: 6 month rotation and voted by the community from H2

Job Summary:
We are seeking a dynamic and visionary individual to serve as the Chairperson of the CIO-led Non-Executive Director (NED) Board within the CIO Alliances. As the Chairperson, you will lead a distinguished group of experienced technology leaders in shaping the strategic direction of the organization, fostering collaboration, and advocating for the interests of CIOs and technology executives. Your role will be instrumental in driving innovation, providing strategic guidance, and facilitating meaningful industry partnerships.


Leadership and Governance: Provide strong leadership to the NED Board, ensuring effective governance and adherence to organizational values and principles.
Strategic Vision: Shape and communicate a compelling strategic vision for the CIO-led NED Board, aligning with the broader objectives of the CIO Alliances.
Board Management: Facilitate board meetings, ensuring productive discussions, and effective decision-making processes. Provide guidance and support to board members in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities.
Industry Insight: Bring deep industry knowledge and insights to the board, staying abreast of emerging technology trends, market dynamics, and best practices relevant to CIOs and technology executives.
Advocacy and Representation: Act as a representative and spokesperson for the CIO-led NED Board, promoting the interests of CIOs and technology leaders within the organization and in external engagements.
Relationship Building: Cultivate strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including industry associations, government bodies, technology vendors, and other relevant organizations, to foster collaboration and drive impactful initiatives.
Thought Leadership: Contribute to thought leadership initiatives, sharing expertise through publications, speaking engagements, and industry events to enhance the reputation and influence of the CIO Alliances.
Mentorship and Support: Provide guidance and mentorship to board members, fostering their professional development and cultivating a culture of continuous learning and growth.

Extensive Technology Leadership Experience: Demonstrated senior-level experience as a CIO or in similar technology leadership roles, with a track record of driving innovation and strategic initiatives.
Board Leadership: Previous experience serving on boards or in board leadership roles, with a strong understanding of corporate governance, strategic planning, and board dynamics.
Industry Knowledge: Deep understanding of technology trends, digital transformation, and the challenges faced by CIOs and technology executives across various industries.
Influential Communicator: Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse stakeholders, including board members, executives, industry professionals, and government representatives.
Strategic Visionary: Proven ability to think strategically, develop and articulate a clear vision, and drive initiatives that have a meaningful impact on the technology community.
Collaborative Leadership: Strong collaboration and relationship-building skills, with the ability to foster teamwork, facilitate discussions, and build consensus among board members.
Thought Leadership: Demonstrated thought leadership through publications, speaking engagements, or industry contributions, showcasing expertise in technology leadership and industry trends.
Integrity and Ethics: Exemplify the highest level of integrity, ethical conduct, and professionalism.
Join our dynamic organization as the Chairperson of the CIO-led NED Board, and play a crucial role in shaping the future of technology leadership, driving innovation, and advocating for the interests of CIOs and technology executives.


CIO-led NED Board

Job Specification: Vice Chairperson - Operations and Marketing

Terms: 12 months rotation. Voted from 2024

Position Overview:
We are seeking a highly experienced and visionary Vice Chairperson with a strong focus on operations and marketing to play a key leadership role within our organization. The Vice Chairperson will work closely with the Chairperson and executive team to drive operational excellence, optimize marketing strategies, and contribute to the overall growth and success of the company.


1. Strategic Planning and Execution:
Collaborate with the Chairperson to develop and execute the company’s overall strategic vision, goals, and objectives.
Provide guidance and expertise in operational and marketing strategies to drive business growth and profitability.
Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement across operations and marketing functions.

2. Operations Management:
Oversee and optimize the company’s operations, ensuring efficiency, productivity, and quality standards are met.
Develop and implement effective operational policies, procedures, and systems to streamline processes and enhance performance.
Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure operational effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

3. Marketing Strategy and Execution:
Lead the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing strategies aligned with business objectives.
Conduct market research and analysis to identify trends, customer needs, and competitive landscape.
Drive brand positioning, marketing campaigns, product launches, and customer acquisition/retention initiatives.

4. Cross-functional Collaboration:
Collaborate closely with other senior executives, including department heads, to ensure seamless integration of operations and marketing strategies.
Foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement across departments.
Promote effective communication and knowledge sharing among teams to drive alignment and achievement of organizational goals.

5. Team Leadership and Development:
Provide strong leadership and mentorship to the operations and marketing teams.
Build and develop a high-performing team, fostering a culture of accountability, collaboration, and professional growth.
Set performance expectations, conduct performance reviews, and provide guidance and support to team members.


Proven experience in a senior leadership role with a focus on operations and marketing, preferably within a similar industry.
Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills with a track record of developing and executing successful strategies.
In-depth knowledge of operations management principles, including process optimization, supply chain management, and quality assurance.
Extensive experience in developing and executing marketing strategies, including digital marketing, brand management, and market research.
Excellent leadership abilities, with a demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve exceptional results.
Strong business acumen and financial acumen, with the ability to analyze data and make informed decisions.
Exceptional communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and navigate ambiguity and complexity.

This job specification outlines the core responsibilities and qualifications for the Vice Chairperson role with a focus on operations and marketing. It provides a framework for attracting qualified candidates who can contribute to the company’s success through their strategic thinking, operational expertise, marketing acumen, and strong leadership skills.

NED Advisory Board Member

CIO-led NED Board

Job Specification: Advisory Board Member

Position Overview:
We are seeking experienced CIOs to join our Advisory Board, playing a crucial role in providing strategic guidance, expertise, and industry insights to our organization. Advisory Board Members will work closely with the Chair, Vice-Chair and peers on the Board, contributing their knowledge and experience to support our growth, expansion, and overall success.


1. Strategic Guidance:
Provide high-level strategic advice and guidance to the executive team based on industry expertise and market insights around themes, the unpacking of themes and it’s format.
Collaborate with peers to shape the communities vision, goals, and long-term strategic plans are prepared for success.
Offer recommendations on business development, market opportunities, and potential risks of failure.

2. Industry Expertise and Insights:
Bring and share a deep knowledge and experience in a specific industry or functional area relevant to our organization.
Stay up to date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and market dynamics, and share relevant insights for benchmarking opportunities under the Alliance Projects format.
Help identify and evaluate opportunities for innovation, growth, for the commuities competitive advantage.

3. Network and Relationship Building:
Leverage personal and professional networks to foster connections and strategic partnerships for widening the communities outreach around the gathering of perspectives.
Represent the CIO Alliances at industry events, conferences, and networking opportunities, enhancing its visibility and reputation.
Support the platform in building relationships with other influential and valuable insightful executives to broaden the community input.

4. Mentorship and Support:
Provide mentorship and guidance to others in the community based on their individual areas of expertise.
Share best practices, lessons learned, and industry-specific knowledge to help develop leadership capabilities within the organization.
Act as a sounding board for strategic initiatives, offering constructive feedback and advice.

Alliances Partners