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Why CIOs Fail, and What They Can Do About It

failure and successNever settle for less than the best you can be. Vawn Himmelsbach writes at length for IT World Canada about the pitfalls CIOs face in the current business climate and how those obstacles can be overcome. There is an unsightly trend of CIOs reporting one to two layers lower than the executive management at the top, and the CIO’s second-rank citizen status tends to come from the CIO’s value to the organization not being properly understood. As technology improves so much that seemingly anyone can figure it out eventually, the CIO’s role shifts to being more about IT strategy. A CIO aiming to develop successful strategies needs to think about outcomes ahead of inputs, especially as to how those outcomes relate to the goals of the business. This includes using metrics that have to do with business interests rather than just standard technology metrics. The bottom line in business is dollars generated, so find the ways your strategies save money and measure them. Manage project risks and convey ideas clearly up and down the food chain. It takes a lot of hard work to get the success and acknowledgement you crave, but if it were easy, it probably would not be worth doing.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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