A Practical Approach for IT Governance

We are in the same boat

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As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday today, we must not forget one of his quotes: “we may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  I was about to write a blog on how different backgrounds can influence our thinking as CIOs.  The old school taxonomy was to classify CIOs into two basic groups:  back-office who were focused on operational efficiency and cost, and front-office who were focused on innovation and helping IT provide the competitive edge to the Enterprise.  I felt we needed a more contemporary taxonomy for classifying CIOs.  The taxonomy I was proposing was based on the background where the CIOs come from.  If you imagine a three dimensional grid with one axis being business background, the other being technology background, and the third being the leadership skills.  As I was about to build the framework, I recalled the quote I cited earlier.  It does not matter what background we have come from, we CIOs have a challenge in delivering value under very tight scrutiny and even tighter budgets.  So in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my taxonomy will have to wait.

Written by Subbu Murthy

January 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

Posted in IT Governance

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