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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

CIOs Need To Get Involved In Some Risky Business

What You Don’t Know About Risk Might Hurt You Does anyone besides me remember the movie “Risky Business” from the ‘80s? You know, it’s the one that launched Tom Cruise’s career – he plays a kid who takes some big chances, has an adventure, and then ends up with the girl in the end. Well, […]

Poisonous Snakes, Sharp Knives, And Angry Natives: How Much Risk Can You Handle?

Ok CIO wannabe, we’re right in the middle of a global financial crisis and your IT budget has gotten slashed so much it looks like Freddie Krueger has come back and had his way with it. What are you going to do about your spending on security programs: cut ’em, hold the line, or spend […]