CIOs should be business strategists, not just infrastructure jockeys
CIOs (and CTOs) should be corporate strategists. They have no choice. If their role is confined to operational/ infrastructure duties, they will eventually be marginalized and/or completely outsourced. Worse, they will be an afterthought at the big business strategy table. Sure, it can be a comfortable life. Worry about desktops, networks and data bases — and that’s it. But given the role that technology plays in business — arguably, technology is business — opting out of the strategic business planning process is a huge mistake for CIOs who want to survive the digital wave crashing on every corporate beach in the world.
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