This is a fascinating but also precarious time to be a CIO, particularly one with global responsibilities. CIOs are being given more strategic roles than ever before, yet they're simultaneously seeing their budgets cut while expectations remain unrelenting, and of course the global recession only complicates the situation. CIOs are being asked to drive business change while at the same time many are trying to replace old and inflexible infrastructures with modern and flexible ones. They're being given responsibility for establishing global standards in applications and related processes, but sometimes without the organizational authority to enforce those new standards. And across the globe, CIOs are fighting the stubborn perception that IT in general and CIOs and their teams in particular are cost centers rather than creators of value and accelerators of innovation.
In this best-of-times, worst-of-times scenario, CIOs can find enormous value in seeing how their peers around the world are dealing with these difficult and urgent imperatives. So InformationWeek's Global CIO has developed a couple of projects to give you some of that global peer-level perspective:
• In the Global CIO 50, we've identified 50 of the top CIOs from around the world and profiled them and the strategic contributions they're making to their companies. We selected CIOs and their companies based on market leadership, innovative IT-enabled business practices and results, and the achievement and impact of the individual CIOs.
• The Global CIO research report, "Small World, Big Opportunities," is based on an exclusive, primary-research survey conducted across multiple countries to determine top priorities, approaches, and attitudes for CIOs around the world. We received more than 2,000 completed surveys, but because we wanted to focus on CIO-level reactions, we culled the 861 responses from CIOs and VPs of IT and built our study on their input. The entire study is available for sale here.
Our exclusive report, based on surveys with 861 senior IT executives, is available for purchase.
Our July 29 virtual event provides a unique, free forum to hear from global IT leaders and interact online with peers around the world. Speakers include GM's Ralph Szygenda, Aviva's Toby Redshaw, Cardinal Health's Jody Davids, and more.
And you'll see those themes reflected in the achievements of the Global CIO 50: UPS CIO Dave Barnes noting that UPS aircraft now fly more miles outside the continental United States than inside; Coca-Cola, recognizing China as its third-largest and perhaps fastest-growing global market, opening a $90 million innovation and technology center in Shanghai; LG Electronics CIO Kim Tae Keuk leading an effort to replace more than 80 different ERP systems around the world with a single, global system capturing 440 business processes; and more.
So please come meet the Global CIO 50. While it's up to you to act locally, we hope this package helps you think globally.
|The Global CIO 50|
|Select a name below to read their profile|
|Jean-Michel Arès||Coca-Cola||New tools help teams borrow what works|
|Laxman Badiga||Wipro Technologies||Building IT for scalable software services|
|Dave Barnes||UPS||Technology is built from the start to be global|
|David Briskman||Ranbaxy Laboratories||Priorities include speeding products to market|
|Rob Carter||FedEx||Standard tech at hubs in China, Germany, U.S.|
|Gilberto Ceresa||Fiat Group||Digital design-to-production for speed|
|Laércio Albino Cezar||Banco Bradesco||Testing biometrics on its ATM machines|
|Ashish Chauhan||Reliance Industries||ERP used across the conglomerate's units|
|Chen Jinxiong||Fuzhou General Hospital||IT helps serve booming patient demand|
|Guy Chiarello||JPMorgan Chase||Integration and innovation drive his team's agenda|
|Sumit Chowdhury||Reliance Communications||Leads the telecom's IT and its IT services arm|
|Jody Davids||Cardinal Health||IT-driven transformation with customer focus|
|Dorival Dourado Jr.||Serasa||Data-driven innovation key to credit data growth|
|Dan Drawbaugh||Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center||Defies IT boundaries by driving global expansion|
|Feng Taichuan||Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical||Controls cost and risk, making data accessible|
|Vikas Gadre||Tata Chemicals||Works with groups outside India, especially on ERP|
|Arun Gupta||Shoppers Stop||Leads IT for retail stores and heads a business unit|
|Michael Heim||Eli Lilly||R&D portfolio now managed globally, centralized|
|Mark Hennessy||IBM||Global IT plan: Simplification before automation|
|John Hinshaw||Boeing||IT critical to complex global supply chain|
|Yasuyoshi Katayama||NTT Group||Focused on next-gen networks and new businesses|
|Kim Tae Keuk||LG Electronics||Business needs process expert, not "technician"|
|Daniel Lebeau||GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals||Getting vaccine test data out of Africa -- faster|
|Li Hong||Sinosteel||IT key to move to services and related businesses|
|Liu Zhixuan||Shenzhen Airlines||Data helps segment customers, offers new services|
|Alan Matula||Royal Dutch Shell||Innovator in unified communications worldwide|
|Sunil Mehta||JWT||Brings innovations of global ad company to India|
|Jai Menon||Bharti Enterprises||IT leader on businesses from wireless to agriculture|
|Jedey Miranda||Eaton Latin America||IT innovation is part of growth plan|
|Jonathan Mitchell||Rolls-Royce||CIO and director of business process improvement|
|Randy Mott||Hewlett-Packard||After transformation, pushing to the next level|
|Tania Nossa||Alcoa Brazil||Network reaches mines in the Amazon forest|
|Filippo Passerini||Procter & Gamble||IT "consumption reports" saved $3.5 million|
|Christopher Perretta||State Street||Align IT with customers, not "the business"|
|Steve Phillips||Avnet||From regional IT teams to a unified, global team|
|Wilson Maciel Ramos||Gol||Innovation's baked into the tech strategy|
|J.P. Rangaswami||BT Group||Has brought people in from beyond telecom|
|Haider Rashid||ABB Group||Driving to make a more simplified organization|
|Toby Redshaw||Aviva||Web 2.0 push typical of "big and agile" philosophy|
|Anantha Sayana||Larsen & Toubro||Measures business-IT alignment in each division|
|Manjit Singh||Chiquita||Bottom-line discipline, SaaS believer|
|David Smoley||Flextronics||Connecting global supply chains, driving SaaS|
|Song Shiliang||Giant Interactive Group||Tech is central to online game company's strategy|
|Ralph Szygenda||General Motors||Rewriting the rule book for outsourcing|
|Steve Tso||Taiwan Semiconductor||Experience from marketing to R&D to IT|
|Patrick Vandenberghe||ArcelorMittal||After megamerger, apps need consolidating|
|Pravir Vohra||ICICI Bank Group||Leading IT and process automation strategy|
|Wu Dawei||JuneYao Group||Modernized call center, infrastructure, services|
|Zhang Jun||Li Ning||Retailer integrates design, supply chains, retail|
|Zheng Jiancheng||Belide Group||Sales data drives short fashion product cycles|
CIO profiles from India and Brazil were written by Network Computing India and InformationWeek Brasil, InformationWeek sister publications.