Week In Review: October 21 - 25, 2013

Week In Review: October 21 - 25, 2013

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October 25, 2013
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You Can't Swing a Purse without Reading an Article about the CIO C-Suite Transition

Since we started The Enterprisers Project site, I have spent the last few weeks reading incessantly about how the CIO role is changing so dramatically. I read about it in the article writen by Gordon McMullan, Jaguar Land Rover CTO, "The strategic CIO and the next wave of convergence" via CIO UKVala Afshar gleaned advice from the current and outgoing CIOs of Accenture and wrote the 7 Ways to Turn IT into A Strategic Asset. CIO Insight  put together a slideshow about how companies are investing more in innovation. The list goes on and on and on.

The repeating declarations are...

  • CIOs need to understand the needs of the business, it is no longer about making sure they are making the right IT decisions in a vacuum.
  • They need to not only be able to turn on a dime with the latest technologies, but be able use them to innovate with the company's goals in mind.
  • The next generation of CIOs need to be front and center at the C-suite table.

The key open questions seem to be...

  • Should CIOs be given a new title based on their new roles as business drivers? Does the CIO role split into a few different C-level roles? The CIOs that we interviewed had some thoughts on the subject.
  • Should the C-suite be reorganized completely? What will that look like in the future?

On our site we have several interviews from the top 100 CIOs as named by CIO magazine. In their interviews they give insightful and realistic ways to integrate themselves into the enterprise with daily and weekly practices that help them understand how they can use technology to help reach ultimate business goals.

I am wondering though, if there are already companies out there who are truly overhauling their C-suite to fit this new paradigm shift.

That is what I want to hit when I swing my purse in the upcoming months.

Nano Serwich is Editor of The Enterprisers Project and Global Awareness Content Manager at Red Hat.

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