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CIO succession is a double-edge sword
Succeeding an award-winning, long-tenured CIO is a double edged sword. Chances are good that the successor will inherit well run operations and a strong team, and get right to the innovation and high value work. But at the same time, it can be tough for the successor of a beloved CIO to chart his or her own path. Such are the challenges confronting two new CIOs, hired as a result of two major CIO retirements, announced this month.
How can mature businesses adapt to change? (Hint: Ask your CIO)
In an age when change is rapidly accelerating, companies need to be agile and innovative. They need to think on their feet, to keep up with changes in technology and the hyper-competitive marketplace.
But how can a mature, stable business compete in this dizzying atmosphere?
The secrets of CIO longevity, part 1
The value of a CIO is undisputed: maintaining critical systems, ensuring IT staff have access to the necessary resources, and designing cybersecurity measures is no easy job description. Problematically, the average CIO remains in their position for only about five years, according to the Society for Information Management. This revolving door of CIOs is detrimental to organizational productivity and innovation and can hinder long-term IT projects before they have time to get off the ground.
The future role of the CIO
The Enterprisers Project
The transition from all-inclusive glass house IT infrastructure to externally housed use of services is accelerating. CIOs are riding this wave of change in their efforts to deliver competitive advantages to their enterprises. Chris Smith, CMO of Zenoss, sees this change in progress and advises CIOs to prepare.
Universities can't train data scientists fast enough for CIOs
The Wall Street Journal
Chief information officers are struggling to find data scientists, those individuals with engineering and business skills, as well at the statistical savviness required to analyze and derive value from Big Data companies generate. Academic leaders are endeavoring to produce more data scientists by offering school programs that teach several disciplines, and encourage students to think more broadly about the technical and business levers they must pull to achieve desired outcomes.
CIO career strategy: Managing for success
IT World Canada
Well you finally made it. After much hard work and personal sacrifices you are now a CIO. Congratulations and good luck!
How long will the position last? Well, no one really knows, but it will for sure come to an end at some point. The only question is how it will come to an end and whether it will be your choice or somebody else. Regardless, all CIOs need to have a career strategy and be prepared to manage their career for the long term. So how do you do that?
The CMO/CIO bond: Relationship of the future
With the average CMO expected to hang onto his or her job for 60 months, a new report from Forrester Research is predicting they’ll find a new power source: The Chief Information Officer.
In fact, it may be the single best way to switch to a fully customer-centric approach required to win in the years ahead. "The CMO role has yet to emerge fully from its historical communications, promotion, and lead management functions," writes Sheryl Pattek, the lead author in Forrester's "CMOs Boldly Reach For More Influence in the Enterprise."
Apple pay has retail CIOs rethinking how customers pay
When Smoothie King decided to change its point of sale system, the company didn't just make alterations to what was currently in more than 600 stores. It scrapped the whole thing.
"As far as our guests are concerned, it's really about what's happening when they visit a story and what's happening on their tablet or their phone," says John Lapeyrouse, Smoothie King CIO. "The opportunity to replace point of sale systems doesn't come along very often."
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