Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The "First Class" CIO - A Sequel

A few months back I had written a white paper on the struggles that CIOs face as they try to establish themselves as "equals amongst equals". In other words, many CIOs are viewed as second-tier executives in their organizations, less equal than other CXOs. The paper is aptly titled The "First Class" CIO - Three strategies to help ensure the CIO's seat at the executive table.

In the past few days, I have seen two blog entries in HBR on the same subject. The first entry, titled "How CIOs Can Keep In Step With CEOs", discusses the dissonance between corporate IT and the C-suite. The entry cites new research, conducted with HBR, The Economist, CEB, and TNS Global, which reveals that CEOs believe CIOs are not in sync with the new issues CEOs are facing. It states that CEOs often believe that CIOs do not understand where the business needs to go and how IT should support strategic goals. The second entry, titled "Three Ways CIOs Can Connect with the C-Suite", provides three simple steps CIOs can take to begin repairing the dissonance between business and IT, and guiding their organizations into the 21st century.

I hope you enjoy my white paper (if you have not read it already) and these two blog entries. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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