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The 3 Big Mistakes Today’s CIOs Make

Digital transformation, consumerization of IT, cloud computing, and elevation of the CIO role are four of the big recent developments in the IT world. With such developments come new mistakes that CIOs might make. In an article for InformationWeek, Cynthia Harvey shares the three biggest ones:

  1. Neglecting to develop relationships with other executives
  2. Failing to market the value of technology
  3. Insufficiently aligning technology with business outcomes

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CIOs are expected to be go-getters accustomed to seeking people out and forging relationships, like anyone else in the C-suite. On top of that though, CIOs need to make allies out of other executives for their own sake. It is only with the support of others that CIOs can get their proposed projects and initiatives approved. Wise CIOs make the time for this relationship building by delegating some day-to-day operational work to trusted subordinates.

About the second mistake, Harvey writes this:

CIOs understand what technology can do, but other business leaders don’t always have that same knowledge. “People don’t understand in business terms the value that [CIOs] are bringing to the table,” explained [Larry Bonfante, founder of CIO Bench Coach].

He added that CIOs are “too focused on the nuts and bolts.” Instead, they need to perceive themselves as marketers and explain what IT can do in the language that other executives use and understand.

Finally, CIOs must pair technological developments with tangible and relevant business outcomes. If SaaS or the cloud can generate new value, then CIOs should explore those options. And where technology is still emerging or it is unclear how it could benefit strategy, then maybe adopt a wait-and-see approach.

You can view the original article here: http://www.informationweek.com/the-3-big-mistakes-todays-cios-make-(and-how-to-avoid-them)/a/d-id/1328744

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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