Are You A Confidant CIO – Or An Overconfident CIO?

The line is easy to cross and hard to recognize

So just exactly what does it take to be a successful CIO? I think that we can all agree that one of the key traits that the person in the CIO position needs to have is the self-confidence to deal with issues related to the importance of information technology. If we don’t believe in ourselves, … Read more Are You A Confidant CIO – Or An Overconfident CIO?

CIOs Need To Know How To Secure The Internet Of Things

The problem is that security is not ready for the internet of things

Guess what? The person with the CIO job has another question about the importance of information technology that they are going to have to find the answer to. This time around the question is just exactly how we can go about securing all of the so-called “smart” devices that are going to be constantly connecting … Read more CIOs Need To Know How To Secure The Internet Of Things

Airline CIOs Show How To Move From The Old To The New

The day-to-day challenges of being a CIO and teaching the rest of the company about the importance of information technology are enough to keep most of us fully busy. Just imagine if you were handed the additional responsibility of creating a plan to merge the IT operations of two large airlines. You could not screw … Read more Airline CIOs Show How To Move From The Old To The New

Why Moving To The Cloud Might Be A Bad Idea For A CIO

If you’ve taken the time to read any of the IT trade rags in the past year or so, you’ve seen a story that tells you how wonderful “the cloud” is and how it has become a key part of the importance of information technology. In fact, if you’ve read enough of these articles, you … Read more Why Moving To The Cloud Might Be A Bad Idea For A CIO

How CIOs Can Help Their Company To Manage Risk

You might be having the best day that you’ve ever had since you accepted the CIO job and then all of sudden it hits you: what am I doing to protect the company from the risks that it faces? IT, of all departments, poses one of the biggest doorways for risk to enter your company … Read more How CIOs Can Help Their Company To Manage Risk

4 Ways CIOs Can Help The Company To Connect With Its Customers

In your company, whose job is it to make sure that your customers are happy? Sales? Marketing? The CEOs? It turns out that all of these people have a role to play, but in the end it is the CIO who may end up having the biggest impact on just exactly how the customer ends … Read more 4 Ways CIOs Can Help The Company To Connect With Its Customers

What To Do When The CIO Works For The CFO

The good folks over at Gartner and the Financial Executives Research Foundation have just completed another one of those big studies. What they found is that in companies that have less than $50M in revenue, 47% of their CIOs report to the company’s CFO. In firms that have $1B or more in revenue, 46% of … Read more What To Do When The CIO Works For The CFO

3 Traps That Cause CIOs To Make Bad Decisions

How do you make decisions? We’d all like to think that we carefully weight the available evidence and then use our past experiences to make the right decision each time. However, the reality is actually quite different. As CIOs we are asked to make some very big “bet the company” types of decisions. If we … Read more 3 Traps That Cause CIOs To Make Bad Decisions

CIOs Are Trying To Do Innovation The Wrong Way

As the world slowly recovers from its great economic recession, CIOs are gearing up to help their companies do battle with their competitors. Everywhere in this great land you can hear the same words being repeated “I want more innovation!” Umm, ok. It turns out that innovation doesn’t just happen. Instead you need a whole … Read more CIOs Are Trying To Do Innovation The Wrong Way

First Things First: 3 Questions Every New CIO Needs To Be Asking

No matter if you’ve just been made CIO at your firm or if you are joining a new company as its CIO, you are going to be facing the same problem: what do you need to do first? Make the wrong decision and your time as CIO may be very short. Make the right decision, … Read more First Things First: 3 Questions Every New CIO Needs To Be Asking