Secrets Of Successful CIOs: An Interview With Martha Heller
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast we talk with Martha Heller, president of Heller Search Associates, about her new book "Be the Business" and about what that idea means for CIOs.
In this wide-ranging conversation, Heller discussed the changing landscape faced by the enterprise CIO and how the successful CIO is navigating the complex new business terrain. She began with the idea that IT must support the business is old-fashioned and hopelessly out of date.
Instead, she said, IT must be woven into the very fabric of the business and treated as a part of the business -- as integral to its operations and success as accounting or human resources.
As the conversation progressed, Heller spoke about the CIO's role in the mix of jobs that make up the C-suite, and how the CIO must relate to the CEO -- a relationship not always under the CIO's control. She also tackled "shadow IT" and explained how CIOs should -- and most definitely should not -- deal with the controversial trend.
If you are a CIO, or if the CIO's office is part of your career plan, then you owe it to yourself and your organization to spend a few minutes with Martha Heller. Drop into the comment section to let us know what you thought.
How do her ideas mesh with your organization? The InformationWeek community would love to hear from you.
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