Bob Evans just published his final CIO column over at InformationWeek, outlining the 10 key attributes IT leaders need to be pondering as we move into the next decade of enterprise computing.
One of his points was intriguing: that the CIO (and other IT leaders) serve as "chief acceleration officers" for the organization. Perhaps this would be an apt title. Here's how Bob describes this new mission:
"If you could go into your CEO's office and promise him that you could shorten product-development times, reduce days-of-inventory turns, accelerate deliveries to customers, cut or eliminate the wait-times customers endure on your support lines, and shorten your order-to-cash cycle, is there a CEO on planet Earth who wouldn't idolize you? So why not embrace that as a new mission for your IT organization and think of what you do as being the Chief Acceleration Officer who leads the company's efforts to do everything it does not just better but faster? Give the gift of speed, and see if anyone in your company or among your customers wants to return it"