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6/12/2014
09:06 AM
Paige Francis
Paige Francis
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Hey IT Leaders, Don't Worry About Titles

CIOs, or whatever we'll be called in five years, should ignore the hype about titles and laser-focus on being great business partners.

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zaious
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zaious,
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6/15/2014 | 11:33:50 PM
Re: Refreshing surprise
Yes, there are people, who put that 'no' you mentioned. But, they do not help the company and it is soon realized by others. IT is the enabler! Any company will stumble today if the IT is crippled. 
EdH461
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EdH461,
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6/12/2014 | 11:41:10 AM
Refreshing surprise
I read this while nodding my head and wishing that those in higher edu "got" the things you mentioned. Imagine my pleasant surprise at the end to see what you do. Well articulated and on point! Technology (and info sec) leaders need to be seen as business enablers and risk reducers instead of being seen as putting the "no" in innovation.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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6/12/2014 | 11:13:59 AM
good analogy
Trying to meet today's business technology needs with yesterday's IT organizational structure is like driving a Model T at the Indy 500.

Really like this analogy!
soozyg
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soozyg,
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6/12/2014 | 11:11:49 AM
Re: Right On
Yes! And I like this part: it's just as important to know your people. Know their needs, wants, and goals, and pave a way for them to reach their goals through the most effective use of technology

So imporatnt! I've worked at companies where this doesn't happen and it makes everything much more difficult.
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6/12/2014 | 10:48:35 AM
Right On
Amen to this. There's so much fretting over the CIO title -- unless you own the trademark on "CIO", why would anyone care what this "business technology leader" type role is called? People in tech stew about losing their relevance. Meanwhile, people in every other job in the company worry that they're not tech savvy enough! 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/12/2014 | 10:47:47 AM
Hooray!
Paige, what a refreshing dose of common sense! I especially like this advice: "Be present
And I don't just mean hover in meetings and throw out occasional sound bites to passively declare your presence."

You're right, titles have been a debate in IT for a long time, but it comes down to the relationships you build personally. I recently met a CIO who was working hand-in-hand with the CMO. Clearly they both have the intellect and the emotional IQ to work together for the business. There is no "Will the CMO beat the CIO?" question in this organization. They have solved that problem before it started.

 

 
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