CIOs And The Art Of Succession Planning

Wow – it sure was hard to get the CIO job. Just think for a moment about all of the various positions you had to rise through in order to finally obtain the top spot in IT. You do realize that you are not the last CIO that your company is ever going to have […]

How CIOs Can Avoid Being Fired

During my career, I’ve been fired twice. I can tell you from personal experience, it’s never a good feeling. As CIO, you have a highly visible position within the company and there is a lot riding on you. If you are not able to deliver what the company needs from you, there is a very […]

What CIOs Need To Know About (Social) Networking

As CIO you know that despite the importance of information technology, networking is so much more than just connecting servers with cables. It turns out that it has a lot to do with meeting new people and expanding your social network. This is valuable stuff. Now the big question is how to go about doing […]

What CIOs Need To Know About Job Opportunities In The Federal Sector

One of the responsibilities that we have as CIOs is to teach others about where they can find good jobs — jobs in IT and other fields. As kids go back to college this fall, it’s the perfect time to open their eyes to the job opportunities in the federal sector. We all know how […]

How Can A CIO Adjust To Working For A New CEO?

Roughly half of the having the CIO job is communicating with other people. We all know about communicating the importance of information technology to the rest of the company; however, one of the most important people that you have to communicate with is your CEO. When there is a change at the top, then all […]

3 Ways That CIOs Look At The World Differently Than Everyone Else

In order to be a successful CIO, you need to be able to look at the world around us differently than everyone else. All of the things that you’ll be seeing will be the same things that everyone else sees; it’s just how you interpret the things that you see that needs to be done […]

Three Changes That Make An IT Manager A CIO

Just exactly how does an IT manager become a CIO? Is there some sort of magic wand involved in the process a la Harry Potter? Is there a secret book that gets opened and words of wisdom are handed down that allow the manager to finally fully understand the importance of information technology? Unfortunately not. […]

What Is The One Thing That A CIO Needs To Accomplish Next Year?

It’s starting to get to that point in the year where we all start to think about the importance of information technology and what our goals for next year should be. Most CIOs will of course be thinking about all of the things that you think that CIOs should be thinking about: clouds, mobility, optimization, […]

4 Tips For Staying CIO Once You Become The CIO

Becoming a CIO is a difficult thing to do. It turns out that staying CIO once you reach this lofty position is also very hard to do. Recent market studies have revealed that the average length of time that a CIO holds on to his or her office is 5 years and four months! If […]

The Nasdaq Outage: Was It The CIO’s Fault?

Not sure if you’ve heard about this one, but on Thursday, August 22, 2013, the American Nasdaq stock exchange was shut down for three hours because of a communication problem. Investigators are still trying to understand exactly what happened; however, we should probably asking ourselves if this problem was caused by the Nasdaq’s CIO? The […]