A CIO makes the case for the strategy focused Chief Information Officer (CIO). Increasingly, CIOs are being tapped for long term strategic business transformation initiatives – at the same time maintaining their day job of keeping the lights on in the IT shop – so a CIO has to be on the look-out for these opportunities or they might not foresee these business-changing opportunities inspired by strategic technology innovations. The resulting implications on their career are not very promising.
Topic: Chief Information Officer
<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">There are forces at play that might fundamentally change the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) – a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses of the current CIO role, the need for a business focused, strategy driven leader of the IT function, the advent of game changing technologies such as cloud computing and smart phones – so this research explores both the factors driving this change and their impact on the CIO role and IT Organization.</span><br />
This article tracks the emerging role of the chief information officer (CIO) from a technical steward to a business leader. The author also highlights the requirements of the CIO role to meet the challenges it has faces.
What are the variables that affect a chief information officer’s (CIO) effectiveness? What attributes define an effective CIO? This research study explores this issue to help a CIO understand what it will take to become successful in their role.
Can a Chief Information Officer (CIO) become a successful Chief Executive Officer (CEO)? This article explores this issue and suggests that a CIO can indeed become a successful CEO provided they focus on behavioral skills.
A series of articles on the role of the government chief information officer (CIO) discussion is led by serving government CIOs.
This complete, in-depth, comprehensive (~200 pages) guide to enterprise architecture planning covers key aspects of the topic – what is enterprise architecture planning? why is enterprise architecture important? what are common enterprise architecture frameworks – a brief overview of each? what is enterprise architecture assessment and related frameworks? what is enterprise modeling? what are the key enterprise architecture related roles?
This article discusses the division of responsibility between the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The role and responsibility of the CTO is discussed in detail.<br />
This whitepaper discusses the five key disciplines – skills – that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) must master in order to deliver business value.
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 the CIO role.
A framework for business IT alignment.
A good IT Strategy Plan that you can use as a template to create your own.
This in-depth – 78 pages – presentation goes into just about everything you would have wanted to know about IT Strategy aka business IT alignment (ICT Strategy, IS strategy, IS strategic alignment, IT Alignment, strategic information systems planning (SISP)…)
This is an in-depth information technology strategic planning example that details the process and framework that CIOs can adapt to give direction to their own IT Organizations. Excellent Read!! (200 pages)
Use this template to create an IT strategic plan for your organization – aligning business with IT strategy. IT Strategy Template can be downloaded for free by CIO Index members.
No business will ever reach the goal of “business and IT alignment”. Should this discourage you from pursuing business and IT alignment? NO! It is a worthy goal to pursue. Indeed, it is a critical one to pursue. You might never reach alignment but you can take steps to get ever closer. This requires a process. Often, we ignore the fact that business and IT alignment is a process. This process does not have a starting point nor does it have an end. It is a series of “learn and do” cycles that incrementally get towards alignment. Let me explain.
There are many definitions of IT Strategy. Which one is true?