• Why Is the CFO Still Boss of IT?

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Just about five months ago, management consultant Don Rekko posed this question to CIO Forum members on the social-networking site LinkedIn: "What makes a CFO uniquely qualified to be heading up IT?"
  • 7 Ways Americans Trail in Corporate Innovation

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    Although an abundance of management thinking on innovation theory originates in America much of the practice and execution of innovation takes place outside this country. In America many mid-and senior-level American executives know innovation theory quite well.
  • How I Got Here: Gopal Khanna, CIO for the State of Minnesota

    Posted July 20, 2009 - 4:25 pm

    If ever an enterprise IT executive embodied the spirit of service, then Gopal Khanna would be that person. Gopal's sense of community was borne from a childhood in Kanpul, India, where he grew up in a household with four generations of family living under the same roof.
  • Five Easy Tips for CIO Fitness

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Chuck Sperazza, CIO and senior vice president of Herbalife, a nutrition and weight-management company based in Los Angeles, is serious about fitness. A triathlete, Sperazza won his age group in the 2002 Ironman competition in Hawaii, and is now trying to qualify for the 2009 event. Of course, your own exercise regime doesn't need to mean training to be an Ironman. Even CIOs who haven't exercised for years can reduce their stress by following these simple tips.
  • Are You a Bear Market CIO?

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:13 am

    In bear markets, a company's goals, culture and practices can change dramatically. CIOs who adjust will fare far better than those who do not. If you're a bull market CIO in need of help, I offer this checklist.
  • Why IT People's Marriages Are From Hell

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 9:37 am

    What IT leaders wish their spouses understood about their job speaks more about their own foibles than it does about their spouses' shortcomings.
  • Mini-Rant: Offshore Outsourcing to Cut Costs is Short-Sighted

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 11:53 am

    A recent article in about the real costs of offshore outsourcing got me thinking. It's surprising that so many CIOs continue to enter into contracts with offshore outsourcers, despite evidence that shows the cost savings are often nonexistent.
  • How CIOs Can Best Influence Stakeholders

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:00 am

    CIOs can sometimes get ahead of ourselves with solutions that we think are right, but may not be best for the business, says Julie Ouska, CIO & VP, Information Technologies, Colorado Community College System. "We need to take that step back and look for what others see as the root cause of the problem--the real issue we're trying to solve."
  • Women CIOs & the Art of Influence

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:56 am

    CIOs are leaders of change, and change is something most people resist. Therefore, the ability to influence stakeholders--including those over whom CIOs have no direct authority--is an essential but difficult skill to master.
  • One in Four CIOs Fired for Performance

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Perhaps we can't retire the old saw that "CIO" stands for "career is over" just yet.
  • Top 10 tech investments, according to survey of CIOs

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Information security leads list, CIO survey shows
  • For CIOs: Marketing IT, Avoiding Jet Lag, To-Do Lists

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Take a minute to reflect on the relationship between your IT department and the business. Does the business view IT as a cost center? Is communication open and constant? Are the department's goals aligned with those of the business? In times of budget cuts and layoffs, it's more essential than ever that the business sees the value that IT provides.
  • Staying Focused in Tough Times

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 11:02 am

    The mounting responsibilities and demands from C-level execs can be both personally distracting and professionally discouraging for some IT leaders. Yet now, more than ever, "focus is the name of the game," says Susan Cramm, founder and president of Valuedance, an executive coaching firm specializing in IT leadership.
  • Technology and Your Company's New Business Model

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 10:24 am

    If your company is reinventing itself, IT plays a role. But CEOs set the agenda for change, says Innosight Chairman Mark Johnson.
  • Key success factors in IT business alignment

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 8:56 am

    As business needs help set IT’s priorities, how IT departments align their solutions with business objectives hinge on a number of success factors.
  • Corporate Boards: What You Need to Know Before Joining One

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    Board directorships are not always bonanzas for CIOs and their companies. They can be disappointing and draining experiences if you don't go in with clear and realistic expectations.
  • Continued demand for IT professionals in 1Q 2009 seen, survey says

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 6:32 am

    A new survey that polled over a thousand CIOs in the US reveals systems upgrades and IT security are driving the need for more IT workers.
  • Glory days: How high school shaped nine IT leaders

    Posted December 1, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    Nine IT leaders reflect on their high school selves and how their younger personas affected the adults they've become and the careers they've forged. Their insights are surprising, funny, tender and wise.
  • How I Got Here: Ken Kucera, Senior Vice President/CIO, First National Bank of Nebraska

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 1:20 pm

    Ken Kucera grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska, doing various farming related activities such as cow milking, harvesting and putting up hay -- but he quickly decided that farming was not a long-term career path for him, so he studied IT in college.
  • CIO Wisdom

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 12:56 pm

    To be a successful CIO requires one part vision and philosophy, one part business strategy, one part technical prowess, and one part human, social, and behavioral awareness. The authors of 'CIO Wisdom II: More Best Practices' have that balance in mind.
  • What's in your Now/Next/Never List?

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 7:26 pm

    I know every CIO has a different name for it, but as we're hitting full stride in IT budget season I find myself referring to my "Now/Next/Never" List. This is the list of items that I've worked with for the past year (and revisited quarterly) to rank the areas of focus in IT. While the list includes specific technologies as well as business axioms, it is fundamentally a useful tool for avoiding the danger of becoming too tactical in my job.
  • Welcome to our new blog!

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 10:53 pm

    It might seem unusual for two people to share a blog, but we have collaborated on so many things. For example, we both had a hand in creating and sustaining a six-year old community of practice for CIOs and senior IT professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area, the CIO Institute. We also co-authored/edited a book aptly titled CIO Wisdom II, along with several papers, and have worked on a number of projects together through Tom's company, UpStreme Inc. More importantly, we've been friends during all this time (and Tom's got a nice boat).
  • 5 Reasons Why a Developer Might Want to Become a CIO

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    Have you seen the money these cats make? Top information technology executives earn millions of dollars. And it's not just the cash CIOs pocket, it's the perks they get, too. Home security system to protect all their loot? Check. Personal use of the corporate jet? Check. Financial planner to funnel all that dough into off-shore, tax-free accounts? Check.
  • 8 Reasons a developer would NEVER want to be a CIO

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:40 pm

    Writing code is the light of a developer's life. The fire of his loins. His sin, his soul. (Thank you, Nabokov.) Writing code is a compulsion for software developers. They have to do it-often at the expense of personal grooming, developing their social skills and cultivating relationships with the opposite sex. Becoming a CIO would take them away from their one true passion.
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