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!

CIO Survey (2018)

This annual survey tracks CIO priorities, trends, and opportunities. This year's theme is the evolution of the CIO role into a business leader driving digital transformation. Good discussion.

History of the CIO Role

This paper discusses the evolution of the CIO role over time and makes a prediction on its focus moving forward. 

How Can CIOs Add Value to the Business?

This paper discusses the value the CIO role brings to the enterprise with a couple of case studies. This will help understand the expectations of the role and how to fulfill them. 

CIO's Digital Transformation

This paper discusses the digital transformation of the CIO - what are the expectations? how are internal relationships changing? what are the impediments to the change? A good discussion for the CIO to follow because now you must "live digital."

Chief Information Security Officer Role is in Focus Again

This paper discusses the renewed focus on the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - new and rapidly evolving threats require a vigorous response that this role is designed to provide. Then come the related questions: what are the responsibilit...

CIO Big Data Role

This paper makes the case for the CIO role to change to leverage big data for enterprise business value. Very good read!

Changing Role of the CIO Survey (2015)

This survey tracks the changing role of the CIO. 

Emerging Role of the CIO Survey (2016)

This survey tracks the emerging role of the CIO and the transformation they are leading in their IT organization and business at large. Good discussion for the CIO who wants to understand where their role is headed, and learn from the experience of t...

CIO Priorities Survey (2016)

This survey explores the issues CIOs are working on and provides guidance to CIOs on the priorities for their IT Organization by comparing them to their peers from across the globe. 

CIO Survey (2016)

This survey of CIOs uncovers a fundamental change in the CIO role. Digital disruption is in full swing and technology is a strategic weapon to create competitive advantage. So, the CIO is now a business leader transforming the business model through ...
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