Like it or not, CIOs and other IT leaders will have to deal with a digital disrupter who wins over suppliers and customers by wringing out inefficiencies in the market. Mobile startups like Hailo and Uber, which match up passengers with transportation, are turning the industry on its ear.
It could be a natural disaster that closes cities for days at a time, or a power failure that knocks out corporate e-mail systems for a few hours. An endless variety of potential business disruptions confronts finance executives. And when crisis comes, or even if it doesn't, it's largely up to the vigilant CFO to make sure the company has a strong, workable business continuity plan.