A Practical Approach for IT Governance

The best background for a CIO – Part 2

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In order to understand what is the best background for a CIO, we have to define the role of the CIO which in turn depends on the enterprise needs, and the appropriate CIO expertise and experience that best meets the enterprise expectations.  Clearly this topic has the making of a book – not just a blog.

Oversimplifying, we identify that the role of a CIO largely depends on the enterprise needs and culture.  Three broad types of CIOs emerge:  Organizations that are looking for efficiency will require CIOs who are process centric and can re-engineer systems to enable the enterprise to gain operational efficiency. CIOs who understand best practices and business processes may be well suited for such enterprises.

Organizations that are stabilizing the role of technology in the enterprise will require CIOs who have in depth technical expertise and people skills to align the resources to budgets and provide a clear picture of technology investments and the value they are delivering to the enterprise.

Organizations that are looking for growth may require CIOs who are innovative and enable competitive advantage with effective use of technology.  CIOs who are entrepreneurs and have a strong technology expertise may be better able to leverage technology to grow the enterprise.   Such CIOs are constantly looking at tools to provide a 360 degree of view of how technology is impacting the enterprise.

Written by Subbu Murthy

December 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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