Re: CIO + CFO Doesn't Equal Mars Vs. Venus
Great insight from a subset of our industry that I think is sorely under-represented, Keith. Every great acheivement started with great education (heck, lots of them happen within the walls of institutions like yours), so what better to place for technology to be on the cutting edge and have the most impact? Moreover, I think the lessons you present here are very useful to CIOs anywhere. The unique juggling act you face ought to give them some perspective on their own challenges, and nobody has a better insight to share on how to get the most out of an often-too-small budget than someone who works in education.
We talk a lot on InformationWeek about the necessary partnership between the CIO and the CMO - how directly those departments link, and how disastrous it can be for the business if they're not on the same page. I don't know if universities have CMOs - maybe the CFO and the CIO sort of end up filling in the gaps there at a lot of places, being responsible for growth opportunities, etc. Maybe for other orgs, there's a triple lesson in here about how the CMO, the CFO, and the CIO ought to all work together. One could simply say all C-executives ought to be on the same page, but I think you're right to point out special importance here. Good read.