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The best background for a CIO – Part 1

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We often wonder whether CIOs should come from a business operations background or from a technical background or from a finance background.  Perhaps there are other areas as well.  The best background for any business depends on the enterprise needs, and since needs change over time, it is difficult to identify the best background for a CIO.  No wonder most CIOs do not witness two leap years in the same Enterprise.

I was at a networking meeting, and amongst the 8 at my table, four were Financial Consultants.  Usually, considering my vintage, the discussions with Financial Consultants is always filled rich advice on what to do and what not to do for our individual retirement.  This meeting was different as we focused on our backgrounds.  The four Financial Consultants came from as varied a background as one could imagine:  one was a mechanical engineer, the second a lawyer, the third a physicist and the fourth a civil engineer.  Curious that none of them had a finance background. I am sure all of them are successful and worked hard at being the best in the field.  This is leads to a great question for the CIO community:  can anyone become a CIO?

Written by Subbu Murthy

December 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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