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Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
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kroesler483
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11/8/2012 | 4:27:50 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
Ditto Steven Poole: "Any CIO who only manages IT operations is clearly not contributing sufficiently at a C level". Business leadership is about winning in the competitive marketplace. It takes a team operating on all cylinders to win. Because of the unique requirement of IT staff to innovate and/or turbo charge business processes, they must understand more than just technical solutions. They need to understand the business and what moves the needles on efficiency and effectiveness to beat the marketplace. Do this and the team wins and contributors will be recognized and valued!

Ken Roesler
Information Officer-General Motors Sales and Marketing-Retired
wzorn972
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11/6/2012 | 6:41:16 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
I'd suggest that there's a deeper underlying problem if the CIO sitting at the board is such a problem; it seems to me there's a much deeper communication and/or cooperation gap going on. Even if the CIO is unable to directly bring business value by being proactive, at the very least that business generally engages strategies that rely on critical technology enablers should mean that there's intrinsically a value in executive collaboration including a technology-aware (and as relevant to the company, meaning what THAT company's IT can do, can't do) partner.
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bkmulligan,
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11/5/2012 | 7:21:54 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
RobPreston has hit the nail right on the head along with the author of this article. The CIO being the Chief Information Technology Officer must know enough about business operations as a whole, and be informed about latest technologies and how they can be leveraged within ones own organization to streamline processes, procedures, reduce LOE, which reduces cost. In many cases, sales, marketing, HR, and other representatives aren't going to be technologically update and/or savvy enough to understand how a new technology or different platform can benefit their operation. It is the CIO's job to understand the different aspects of the business and how and what to do to improve the way they function from a technological perspective to improve operational performance.
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11/5/2012 | 6:36:29 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
Folks, I beg to differ. The "authority of the IT department" isn't what has caused "business problems." What has caused business problems is when the CIO and his/her IT department are too far removed from their company's broader business challenges and opportunities. To use the one commenter's football metaphor, imagine the wide receiver or even the lineman who isn't on the same playbook as the rest of the team. They need to be in sync. CIOs need to lead WITH their C-level colleagues, not just be told what to do.
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MyW0r1d,
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11/5/2012 | 5:39:14 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
Gosh, I feel sorry for the poor CIO. Now that that is said, seriously IT is primarily a supporting role different than many others particularly on the operations side. But let's use a football analogy. The CIO can be seen as the wide receiver or tail back who will also fill in as a punt or kick return specialist fulfilling many supporting roles (as do CFO and HR). You won't see the quarterback, the kicker, a linebacker, or with a few exceptions a lineman do the same (these representing your operational VPs/CXO). Unfortunately, too many times a CIO is either an MBA or technically proficient and find themselves developing tunnel vision in their comfort zone.
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11/5/2012 | 5:25:26 PM
re: Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
I'm not particularly impressed with the concept of the CIO as a "C" class officer. As with problems with CFO's making business decisions, CIO's are no more qualified. We had the rise of the CIO a nu ber of years ago, with them being put on the board. That was a bad decision. I see no evidence that they know enough about the business to be qualified to take part in those decisions. They are usually more of a stumbling block than an asset.

I understand that these business oriented computer publications are really here to push more authority for the IT department, as though that will help solve business problems. But really, doing that is what has caused business problems..


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