Topic: role of the CIO

Does the CIO Role Require a Balancing Act?

The authors argue that the CIO role is no longer just a steward of an organization’s technology. Now, a CIO must balance multiple roles to be effective. What are those roles? Read On…

What Makes a CIO Successful?

This study investigates practices and behaviors that successful CIOs depict and whether leadership theories can help challenged CIOs become successful.

Emerging Role of the Mid-Market CIO

This research study tracks the evolution of the CIO role from the back office maven to technology driven strategic business leader. It highlights the characteristics of this new role, challenges it faces and the changes still to come.

Future of the CIO Role

This article paints a picture of the future, the role technology will play in it, and the demands that will be placed on the technology steward aka today’s CIO – What will be on the CIO’s agenda ahead? Will there actually be a CIO in the future?

How Consumerization of IT is Changing the CIO Role

Today’s employee is tech savvy and armed to the teeth with gadgets – each day this horde grows with new, increasingly more sophisticated devices! How is the CIO to cope with this trend? Is it changing the role of the CIO itself? This research provides insights into this issue – the fundamental drivers of IT consumerization and how the CIO can embrace that force for the good of both the enterprise and the user.

CIO on the Executive Team

This chapter discusses getting the CIO role on the executive team – What role should the CIO possess? What are the CIO’s primary responsibilities? Where does the CIO sit in relation to other organizational leaders? And finally, what must the CEO do to help develop and nurture the CIO?

The Value Creating CIO

The authors describe a shift in value creation opportunities in the enterprise and make the case for a different response from and skills of a chief information officer (CIO).

Chief Innovation Officer

The CIO’s dilemma consists of two forces pushing the role and the business benefit in opposite directions. The first force is simplifying what used to be challenging. The second force clears the path for more strategic value and promises more clout and responsibility than CIOs have ever had before. The best CIOs are beginning to act as chief innovation and process officers.

High Impact CIO

What distinguishes a hi-impact CIO from their peers? The author presents the core characteristics that make the difference between also rans and CIOs who are seen by their business partners as being up to today’s challenges.

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IT Strategy Presentation

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IT Strategy Example

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)

IT Strategy Template

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.

7 Steps to Business and IT Alignment

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.