Enough with the 2.0 already, talk about an overused icon.
Anyway, here is some interesting information on the state of CIO's today, or what the author calls CIO 2.0.
The identity of the world's first chief information officer has likely been lost to history. But you can bet that as soon as the position was filled, the newly minted CIO grasped the significance of "… and other duties as assigned."
The companies that appointed those first CIOs in the late 1970s couldn't have envisioned the demanding, multiple responsibilities into which the position has evolved. Mostly technicians, the first CIOs approached their jobs from a technical perspective: Optimize the acquisition, integration, and application of Information Technology.
But as the role continues to gain prominence and value in the enterprise, the multiple dimensions of the job-in increasingly complex business and technology environments-are truly becoming daunting. In case anyone doubts this, here are just a few of the many dimensions required for the successful CIO.
Chief integration officer. Generations of single-viewpoint decisions-a.k.a. silos of legacy systems-have created an integration nightmare in most enterprises. Each operational silo is continually demanding a singular set of solutions it considers ideal. But the CIO must take an enterprise perspective of the situation that will inevitably mean compromise at the division level. There's no other executive position that requires this type of integration ability. Only CIOs need to be integrator and mediator when IT decisions are made.
Chief innovation officer. Much has been said about the accelerated pace of change and the ascension of India and China. We know that innovation is coming from all directions and sources-and in an environment of increasing change, it must be understood, cultivated, and managed.
Read the other 5 roles in CIO 2.0