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CIO: C-suite Superstar?

In 1986 BusinessWeek ran an article titled “Management’s Newest Star: Meet the Chief Information Officer.” This is a reminder that the position of CIO is still a young executive. But what has changed from the CIO position of 1986 and what does will this task look like in the future?

“The provenance of the CIO title and the exact timing of its introduction are a little unclear. However, what is certain is that the creation of the role was a reflection that technology was becoming more sophisticated and could do a lot more than just electronic data processing.”

With technology becoming a central focus in every type of organization, why is there so much talk of the C-suite star fading away? How did the CIO role transform from being an exciting new pilot to an unfinished sitcom doomed for cancelation?

The answer to these questions can be found upon closer examination of the CIO. CIOs carry much of the burden for the diminishing of the importance of their role.  There have been many changes to IT since the 1980’s, but the theme has been from a technical expertise mentality to an open ease of use for all mentality.  Many It departments and CIOs have been lost along the way, there is work to be done, but the CIO can regain its reputation and be the star again.

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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