Posts Tagged ‘Business IT Executive’

The role of today’s CIO is changing—why it’s imperative for the success of the organization

October 7, 2011

The CIO role is changing–it must continue to change so that IT organizations can become and remain successful. In her article for Bloomberg Business Week, Rachael King quotes Rebecca Jacoby, CIO at Cisco Systems (CSCO), on the changing role of today’s CIO:  “As technology plays a more central role in products and employees do more work on a broader range of devices, CIOs need experience running businesses and spurring innovation—not just keeping computers running.”

Read Rachel’s full post. Here’s my observation on why the role of the CIO should continue to change and why it makes sense.

The focus of the CIO role is now much more about the purpose of leadership.  Whether or not a CIO has come up through a technical track or not will not necessarily make that CIO become a successful business leader.  Technical experience alone does not give anyone the ability to lead an IT organization.

It has been my experience that many people within IT organizations may sometimes feel threatened by a non-technologically trained CIO taking the reins of a company that was once a technology dominated. Think about it. A successful non-technical CIO has no choice but to build an organization of great technicians that will help the organization to develop technical solutions for business issues.

The days of a CIO coming up through a technical track are quickly coming to an end.  IT organizations “stuck in the silo” and not working within the business community are doing a disservice to the organization and more than likely hampering the growth of the business. Nowadays a CIO must be very conversant in marketing, finance and accounting–really most of the core business leadership functions in my opinion.

It is myopic to think that a non-technical CIO cannot successfully run an IT organization just as it is myopic to think that a person that is technically competent cannot become a CEO, COO or CFO.

Be sure to read Rachel King’s Bloomberg post.

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Offshoring: DO NOT Stop Sending IT Jobs Overseas

September 16, 2010

My response (and this is also posted in comments section of  George Tillmann‘s article/post on www.cio.com):

Offshoring: it’s Time to Stop Sending IT Jobs Overseas

The answer: DO NOT place a moratorium on offshoring!

Henry Ford drove the “Buggy Whip” and “Horse Cart” manufacturers out of business due to his invention of the assembly line and developing a product that could be purchased by the masses. The people who were designing and manufacturing “Buggy Whips” needed to retool their skill sets in order to be successful in a new market/economy.

I am sure that the owners of the Horse Cart and Buggy Whip manufacturers hoped that Henry Ford’s automobile would not succeed so they could continue on the status-quo. Unfortunately, similar to Henry Ford, offshoring is here to stay.

In order for US companies to be competitive in the world economy what we will need to do is retool our IT department’s skill sets!