The 2 most important rules a CIO must follow

The 2 most important rules a CIO must follow

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May 04, 2015
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What are the two most important rules that a CIO must follow in order to succeed in the enterprise? Hussein Yahfoufi, vice president of technology & products for eCapital, shares these two:

  1. Understand the corporate vision (larger picture) and how technology helps drive that vision. Then figure out how to push that vision down to your teams to where they understand it enough to be able to create the projects and development efforts needed to march toward that vision.
  2. Know the value to the company of what you are creating. As tech leaders we love to talk about technology, build technology and work on technology, but at the end of the day there is a company that is running and the technology we create has to add value to the company. Building cool and fun technology is not enough; it has to add value to the company.
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Scott Koegler practiced IT as a CIO for 15 years. He also has more than 20 years experience as a technology journalist covering topics ranging from software and services through business strategy. He has written white papers and directed and published video interviews.

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