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CIO influence and counsel

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Across the globe, there are major business schools that educate CEOs, CFOs and COOs on how to effectively operate businesses. Their work is recognized as pivotal and influential for the success of companies. Consider, however, the importance of Chief Information Officers (CIOs). CIOs must also be visionaries, innovators, business leaders, technology managers and increasingly: catalysts for expanding business impact. This is a major undertaking. Add to that the increase in technology’s scope, speed and scale, and one can easily see the needed influence of CIOs.

CIO scope

According to Gartner CIOs are reporting increasing influence over and deepening relationships with company CEOs. This makes sense. CIOs are responsible for managing every single bit of data, ensuring that everyone else in an organization can function. The organization could be a small mom-and-pop shop or a large governmental organization. CIOs manage the technology platforms and networks that control the data for systems of record, systems of engagement and systems of insight.

CIO education

Despite the growing scope of CIO influence, there are no schools that certify that the person taking a CIO position is ready for the job, nor that they’ve obtained the requisite combination of business acumen and technology management expertise to accomplish their tasks. Assuredly, elements of CIO education are seen in masters of business or technology programs; but there is no program dedicated to turning out effective CIOs. The CIO position is generally held by someone who has worked their way up through the ranks as a professional business manager or technologist, or someone that has expressed an interest in IT, or a professional who has acquired an executive sponsor. Areas where CIOs may lack understanding and posture can have an immediate, disastrous impact on the institutions they serve. Thankfully, there’s help for CIOs.

CIO counsel

The increasing influence of CIOs and technology in a world where technology is disrupting and changing business as usual is recognized by Executive Advisory Practice practitioners. The Executive Advisory Practice sits inside of IBM Systems Lab Services and contains consultants and methodologies that explore the relationship of transformative technologies to business and IT. The senior consultants have proven experience helping to assess, strategize, plan and orchestrate IT improvement programs all the way from strategy to successful execution. Visit us online or contact us at ibmsls@us.ibm.com to learn more.

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