So you want to become a Chief Information Officer? Ask these questions about your motives, qualifications, and hopes
"The CIO role may seem like the ultimate goal for corporate technology leaders - a feather in the cap for a worthy IT professional who's worked their way through increasingly senior roles," notes
Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project
"But the CIO role is not for everyone - particularly not the top IT spot of 2020 and beyond. 'A CIO is much less involved in the actual day-to-day projects and functions more as a face of the technical function of an organization,' says Jim Halpin, associate unit manager of technology recruiting at LaSalle Network.
'Good CIOs are entrepreneurial, driven, savvy, and strategic thinkers. Someone could be an extremely adept technologist but may not have the soft skills required of the CIO role.'
KFC, Ocean Spray and Peloton are among the companies with CIOs who adopted the CTO title this year. Will the trend spread to other companies?
"Businesses often see CIOs as order-takers, tasked with keeping the lights on. CTOs, on the other hand, are dedicated to the customer experience and innovation," opines Samantha Ann Schwartz
"Spearheading technology, CIOs and CTOs are encouraged to collaborate, sometimes blurring the lines between roles. In some cases, the roles are so intertwined, companies will consolidate the executive position..."
Here are seven digital disruptions that you may not see coming
"Be like Apple, not Kodak," suggests Jessica Davis in InformationWeek
"Years ago, Kodak was the first to offer digital film. But instead of pursuing the market that would disrupt one it already commanded, Kodak opted to invest in its traditional business by buying a chemical company for its conventional film business. Other companies went on to market digital film. Then came digital cameras and mobile devices with cameras in them. Kodak chose the wrong path..."
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