Since its inception in the mid to late 70s, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role has evolved with the changing fortunes of the information technology (IT) function they lead.

Over the past three decades, IT has emerged from the back office to rule the world of business. Increasingly, albeit begrudgingly, business leaders recognize the vital role IT plays in creating shareholder value. Simultaneously, they have changed their expectation of the person who manages this strategic asset for them.

Gone are the days of the CIO being thought of as the "Head of IT". Now, a CIO is a business leader managing IT investments for business results.

  • Is this a semantic difference or a fundamental paradigm shift?
  • What are the implications of this change in thinking on the role of the CIO and the required skills for the job?

It is also a well known fact that most CIOs retire - if they are lucky, that is - from this position. Very few have made it to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) ranks and to our knowledge none to the CEO ranks.

In jest, some have commented that the CIO acronym stands for "Career Is Over!" It might sound funny but research on the topic gives us reason to be grim - the average tenure of a CIO is 18-24 months!

  • Is this high turnover a sign of CIOs not able to keep up with the changing expectations of their emerging role?
  • Or, is it a sign of the pervasive confusion of what the role is?

We intend to explore this topic in depth and hope you will join us - after all, you stand to lose nothing but your job!

The Innovative CIO - How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Value

This paper discusses the role a CIO can play in driving business value through innovation - the single best way to get a seat at the table. As the demand grows for the CIO to become business leaders so does the need for a CIO to understand what is me...

What a CEO Wants from Their CIO?

This presentation discusses the evolving role of the CIO - from head of the IT function to a business leader, the journey has taken many twists, and turns - , how the CIO role is being shaped by the CEO's requirements, and what is the current CIO Rol...

Future of Corporate IT

This presentation issues a call to action for the CIO - lead the change or get swept by it! The discussion focuses on the forces shaping the future of the IT organization, how, and what they are going to change, and how to deal with them - pro-active...

CIO's Leadership Agenda

What lies ahead for corporate IT? How should the CIO anticipate, and deal with this impending change. This presentation - in a very interesting manner - discusses the trends shaping the future of business, the challenges, and opportunities it present...

CIO as a Venture Capitalist

CIO 3.0 is upon us. No longer are CIOs heads of technology, or enabler of business, they are driving business strategy. Is there a need to change the paradigm for the CIO Role to that of a business strategist? Can elements of other business roles hel...

Emerging Technologies and the CIO Role

Every day there is a new technology emerges with the potential to fundamentally reshape the business landscape - cloud computing, and big data being the latest entrants. How do these disruptive technologies impact the IT organization and its leader, ...

The Knowledge Driven CIO

The author makes the case for a fundamental shift in the Chief Information Officer (CIO) mindset - one that does not practice IT for IT's sake but uses IT to deliver business value. The delivery of business value cannot happen with the current IT Org...

The New CIO

What are the expectations of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role? What must the CIO do to meet these expectations? This article discusses the imperatives for the CIO to remain relevant in the 21st century. It lays out the criteria for success in...

How Does Corporate Culture Affect the CIO Role?

This research studied the specific issues facing the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role, how the corporate culture affects their ability to deliver value, and how the alignment between CEO expectations and their understanding of these expectations ...

Value Driven CIO

Chief Information Officers (CIO) are expected to add value. So, is there a profile of a CIO who adds value (versus one that does not!)? The authors' research delves into the factors governing a CIO's ability to drive and deliver value. Excellent r...
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