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The Top 10 Priorities for CIOs in 2013

With the new year comes a new list of top 10 “X” for CIOs, and this list by Michael Friedenberg is no exception. In this list Friedenberg challenges the reader to read over his list of the top 10 priorities he believes will be in the minds and actions of CIOs in 2013, and then to consider how the reader’s own priorities for 2013 compare. His list includes:

  • Optimize user experience
  • self-explanatory software
  • big data usage and opportunities
  • simplicity of legacy systems/retirement
  • integration of new tech
  • emphasis on design
  • clarity of mission to employees
  • deliver business value
  • relearn what works best
  • continue adapting to change

With each suggestion comes a brief quote and explanation, each meant (as Friedenberg explains it), to help inspire some thought and reflection on the part of the reader. Take for example his number 6 and 7 suggestions:  6. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle wasn’t thinking of cloud or mobile devices here, but his aphorism still applies to technology. How will you integrate these tools to create new business opportunities? 7. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci’s saying reminds us that the era of IT complexity must end. What legacy systems will you retire this year? The priorities focus around either improving existing operations or emphasizing and creating new opportunities. While Friedenberg’s list might not be a carbon copy of the priorities you’ve decided on for 2013, it is a good way of getting your head around what sorts of things are upcoming and how you have or have not planned to face them.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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