CIO success comes down to the elimination of risk, improvement of cycle times, and reduction of cost. Any CIO worth their salt will recognize that the simple list a sentence above is a career long endeavor (even just “the elimination of risk” seems impossible to most). Still, those three are what Archie Hendryx cites as the way to success, and dedicates this post on ZDNet to explain why and how these three can make such a profound impact. The most immediately applicable of the three is the reduction of cost, which can be achieved or at least worked on in a number of ways. It also represents, in some ways, the most challenging of the three. One way to reduce cost is to prove the ROI of any purchase (and if you cannot prove return on investment, to avoid that expense):
So it’s at this point imperative to remember that a CIO should not be concerned with buying technology from different silos and vendors but instead acquiring technology that solves specific business problems. Long gone are the days when it was acceptable for CIOs to boast about the size of their datacentres and the large technology growth they had accumulated in an attempt to ensure everything was fully redundant. Instead, the key drivers are for simplification, standardisation and consolidation. This is where the concept of a converged infrastructure is key to a CIO’s success.
The article goes on to explain how to achieve some of the goals needed to reach the three key factors in CIO success, concluding that the overall aim is to enable the business and do so at the least cost and highest return as possible.