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An Opportunity for CIOs

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This blog is not for CIOs who are currently getting their IT aligned to business or in the midst of a major overhaul of their ERP system or involved in implementing a DR plan or under the compliance gun.  This blog is reserved for those who have done all that and asking themselves what next?  There are really three major options:

Option 1 Look for a new job where you can repeat your know-how in a different setting.  There will be some challenges but 2 to 3 years later you will be in the same position again.  The average life of a CIO is around 3 to 4 years in a firm, so if you are journeyman CIO, then by the sunset of your career, you will have been a CIO in five to six companies (assuming it took you 10+ years to get there).

Option 2 Continue what you are doing – now you are just a operations and applications head, and relax.  Not a bad option till the CEO wakes up.

Option 3 Move laterally with a view to move to the top.  Options are heading up Supply Chain or Operations or Finance or even Sales and Marketing or Strategy Planning.  You want to position yourself as the next COO or CEO.  To do this, you must have aligned the IT to your business, built a solid organization with key resources who are ready to take over your job, understand the business you are in, and built a very good relationship with your peers.  If you are interested in taking this option, you must start planning this from day 1 when you take your assignment as a CIO.

Written by Subbu Murthy

July 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Posted in Helping CIOs