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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Five tips to help a CIO prioritise succession planning

You’ve finally got the job you always wanted – you’re CIO at a good organisation, with a direct line to the board and good support from the chief executive.

Good for you, but what about the rest of your team? Do you ever give a second’s thought for who comes next, or are you singularly . . . → Read More: Five tips to help a CIO prioritise succession planning

The modern CIO must be a confident communicator

Who is the executive you think of when you think of a generic and confident public speaker? The chief executive, perhaps – after all, they’re often the public face of the business.

What about the marketing head, or the managing director for sales? Then there’s the finance director and operations chief, they’re sometimes asked to . . . → Read More: The modern CIO must be a confident communicator

12 best articles on CIO business and technology priorities for 2011

Like Christmas pudding and poor-quality knitwear, now is a time of the year for traditions. And when it comes to business IT, nothing gets the attention of analysts, consultants and the trade press like an opportunity to roll out a list of CIO priorities for 2011.

We thought we’d jump on the bandwaggon, too. Here, . . . → Read More: 12 best articles on CIO business and technology priorities for 2011

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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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?

15 best articles from 2010 on next-generation leadership

It’s one thing wanting to become a CIO; it’s quite another managing to climb the greasy pole. Thankfully, there are sources of advice that can help you reach your goal.

Below, we present the 15 best articles from 2010 on next-generation leadership for CIOs. The list is in no particular order and draws on a . . . → Read More: 15 best articles from 2010 on next-generation leadership

Can the CIO convince the CEO that Twitter is useful?

The internet – it’s a strange thing, isn’t it? Take the rise of social networking tool Twitter. Despite all the hype, it is – in the end – just another channel to communicate. So, why the big fuss?

Many tweets seem insular. Rather than an outward-looking tool that brings simplicity to an otherwise complex world, . . . → Read More: Can the CIO convince the CEO that Twitter is useful?

Will CIOs die if they don’t become CEOs?

When did the CIO role die? Is the traditional IT leader position already dead or is the technology chief alive and kicking, ready for the next round of business challenges?

That debate has received much attention recently in the context of the continued growth of services, the ever-increasing potential to outsource non-core technology activities and . . . → Read More: Will CIOs die if they don’t become CEOs?