CIO "DNA" evolving, says Meta Group

Meta Group recently published results from a study called "Top Global CIO Issues for 2005" based on a global survey of 1000 CIOs. Tekrati reports on the findings, addingcommentary from Metas senior vice president of Executive Directions, Jonathan Poe.

Meta Group recently published results from a study called "Top Global CIO Issues for 2005" based on a global survey of 1000 CIOs. Tekrati reports on the findings, addingcommentary from Metas senior vice president of Executive Directions, Jonathan Poe. He told Tekrati "The DNA of the CIO is more multidimensional than it has ever been." In the past, a CIO just needed the technology savvy to oversee IT investments and enough managerial ability to run the ITO (IT organization). But today, he/she must have the business acumen to manage the ITO as a separate and distinct division, while being creative enough to view IT as a transformational tool rather than a support function.

"CIOs must possess the communication skills necessary to translate IT investments, first into business concepts, and then into ROI. They must be skilled communicators, able to challenge disparate taxonomies by creating a common language for all audiences. Finally, they must be exceptional navigators -- capable of using the ITO to drive the enterprise forward externally, while concurrently elevating the role of the ITO internally," added Poe.

The report (client registration req.) details the overall six top concerns:

  • Value management
  • Business/IT alignment
  • Leadership
  • Portfolio management
  • Operations excellence
  • Process maturity

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