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CIOs, Not CEOs, Can Drive Business Transformations

Understanding technology, business processes, and culture change is key if organizations are to continue evolving with the times. The CIO is in a prime position to manage all three. William Atkinson cites the stats to writes an article about how CIOs can effect organizational change. A Forester report from last year finds that a majority of those surveyed believe the CIO is the most senior leader in driving business transformation, with the CEO and CTO tied for second place. The report further states that CIOs come in one of four forms, “soldiers” who focus on implementation, “leaders of IT” who know how to balance IT with enterprise, “change consultants” who advise on business transformation, and finally “transformation leaders,” who both lead and run business transformation. Most CIOs likely dip into more than one of those four roles at once, though the latter two roles tend to be the most powerful positions. The role you personally fulfill should be a natural expression of the skills you bring to the table, so if you are not yet a transformation leader and would like to become one, start with an audit of your skill set.

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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