On June 6, Larry Ellison--CEO of Oracle, one of the largest and most advanced computer technology corporations in the world--tweeted for the very first time. In doing so, he joined a club that remains surprisingly elite. Among CEOs of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, a mere 20 have Twitter accounts. Ellison, by the way, hasn’t tweeted since.
As social media spreads around the globe, one enclave has proven stubbornly resistant: the boardroom. Within the C-suite, perceptions remain that social
Few skilled positions, if any, are further apart than the CMO and CIO. The former is known for being creative and extroverted, the latter technical and introverted.Â Yet an IBM 2012 State of Marketing Survey concluded that this unlikely couple must learn to work together or their organization risks becoming less competitive. In other words, both CMO and CIO will increasingly become less effective apart Ã¢ÂÂ but more effective together.
I’ve just returned from an inspiring week at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. People that know a little bit about Esalen understand it as the locus of the â60s counterculture, where Hunter S. Thompson got inspiration at the (clothing-optional) hot springs, Joan Baez sat at the fire pit and played her guitar, Timothy Leary lectured on the ecstatic experience, and everyone dropped acid. Esalen was a crossroads for encounter groups, Gestalt workshops, and body work, and it still is. Â Indeed, people that really know Esalen recognize it as the birthplace of the human potential movement.
Have you heard the latest? The CFO is the new CIO. In some companies, CFOs are assuming responsibility for IT. These companies have decided that IT development and delivery can be decentralized across the various business units and functions. The CFO, they believe, can provide the necessary central coordination to ensure that IT-enabled investments generate value and that IT is operating in a cost-effective, high quality, and secure manner.
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Perhaps no C-level position has undergone as many changes in expectations, approaches, and philosophies during the past few decades as that of the Chief Information Officer.And the turbulent forces shaping businesses in today’s always-on global marketplace promise to accelerate that ongoing evolution. In that context, I’ve put together a list of what I believe will be the top priorities for strategic CIOs in the coming year.As you’ll see, each of these 10 is rooted in change, and calls for the CIO to be a leader instead of a follower; a disrupter instead of a go-alonger; and a business-driven executive instead of a tech-focused manager.Several
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Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a group vice president and head of research in Gartner Executive Programs. He is the co-author of The Social Organization with Anthony Bradley. Read Full BioCoverage Areas: Last Friday I had the honor of speaking at the Fisher Center for the Management of Information Technology at the Haas School of Business located at UC – Berkley. The event awarded the first Fisher – Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership. It was a great event and marked a watershed in the development of the profession and position of CIO. There were four finalists for the award, each representing what it means to be a
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