Confidence is key for CIOs in the age of the personal brand

What would be one of the words you would use to describe yourself? Technological? Strong? Communicative? How about confident? When you walk into a room, do you raise your neck a notch upwards or do you sink a little bit lower and wait for other people to take control?

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Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

Debate might continue over the future of the CIO role, but one thing is for sure: vendors selling technology to the business are not necessarily targeting the right man or woman when they target the CIO.

One reason is that the individual responsible for technology in an organisation is not always a board-level executive and . . . → Read More: Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

The CIO of tomorrow must think like the CEO of today

Success for the modern CIO is inherently complex, as identified by CareGroup Healthcare System CIO John Halamka in an article for Computerworld.

It’s a thoughtful piece that reflects on the seemingly impossible demand for the modern CIO to balance massive change in a reliable, flexible and secure manner. But is the CIO’s role really impossible?

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The CIO role will not die because the business needs to know IT

It’s the whole point of this blog: if technology can be purchased like a utility on-demand, is the CIO position disappearing and what is the future of technology leadership?

The end point, apparently, is a world where individual business units take responsiblity for IT decision making. But is that a realistic end point?

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Is your strategy too focused on short-term benefits?

You’re a CIO – how good are you at delivery? Is your strategy focused on the now or on something, somewhere, in the future?

The second focus – if you can even call it that – sounds a bit, well, unfocused. However, CIOs need to think beyond the glory of an instant win.

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Is the CIO looking to create innovation from existing IT assets?

How do you feel about the position of IT in the business? Are you excited or scared by the combined forces of consumerisation, collaboration and change?

Gartner vice president Mark McDonald is concerned that many IT leaders are not sure why technology needs to assert its position in the business. He believes a new vision . . . → Read More: Is the CIO looking to create innovation from existing IT assets?

Should CIOs forget the CEO role and become entrepreneurial?

Here’s an article headline that I couldn’t help but investigate: “CIO = Career is Over? Not Hardly.”

It’s certainly a tempting title for a blog called Career Is Over, so what’s the article about? Well, the feature suggests that CIOs looking to scale higher than the top IT job need a level of business acumen . . . → Read More: Should CIOs forget the CEO role and become entrepreneurial?

Capex vs opex: Cloud computing has to better, not cheaper

The cloud doesn’t have to be a cheaper; on-demand computing just has to be better.

Much of the debate around the cloud concerns the switch from capex to opex and the potential saving with regards to purchased technology resources. That focus, however, is a red herring.

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P&G CIO Filippo Passerini is Information Week Chief of the Year

Good news for Filippo Passerini, who has been named Information Week Chief of the Year.

The award recognises an IT leader who demonstrates a compelling IT vision and strategy, and the ability to deliver business benefits as a result. Passerini, who is CIO and president of Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble, has dramatically . . . → Read More: P&G CIO Filippo Passerini is Information Week Chief of the Year

Who really runs IT?

Who really runs IT? It’s one of the questions that we’re most concerned with here at Career Is Over. While the CIO is traditionally seen as the ruler of the IT organisation, overall technology leadership is becoming less and less clear.

Some CIOs defer to the CFO, others report directly to the CEO. Some CIOs . . . → Read More: Who really runs IT?