CIO 2.0 – The next step in achieving CEO success
We want to challenge the view that the pinnacle for a career in IT is the role of CIO. I believe that in today’s digital economy, CIOs are strong candidates to be the next CEOs. Traditionally businesses across the globe tend to hire CEOs from accountancy stock, but I believe we are about to see a change as the role of IT continues to change the face of business.
We’ve been promoting the role of CIO for many years, championing them to make the move into the executive boardroom as the role of IT has changed within business and society in general. Our vision is for the next generation of digital leaders – the chief innovation officer – CIO 2.0. I believe this is a natural extension to the role of the CIO that will lead to the top seat.
IT is no longer a back room function, it has stepped into the boardroom itself – not in fixing the CEO’s laptop – but in enabling business to achieve dramatic change, whether to accommodate growth, achieve savings or deliver e-commerce. Indeed a recent Harvard Business Review article on Big Data highlighted that users don’t want IT projects, they want information services. This shouldn’t be a surprise given that the ‘I’ in CIO stands for information and not IT.
However, many organisations are unaware of what they need next and so it’s something that we’re going to have to define and manage for ourselves as IT professionals.
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