The Rising Of CIO Positions -


The Rising Of CIO Positions

By Joseph B. Kappernick

CIO magazine published a report at the start of the year discussing the state of the CIO. This annual survey is conducted with the goal of understanding how the role of CIO continues to grow and strengthen in today's business market. It also helps to define the CIO agenda for 2013. Now in its 12th year, the survey looks at all aspects of the position of CIO within the business structure; organization, budget, and responsibilities.

Three points brought up in the survey that caught my attention because of their possibility to most impact IT procurement are as following:

1. CIO's aspire to be business strategist not just enablers. The survey identified 10 tasks that no longer need the CIO's constant focus, therefore opening up their time and company capitol to analyze how the company can better leverage technology to give them an advantage over the competition and further strengthen customer relations. Allowing the CIO to dedicate their time to these highest-value activities, companies have to invest in strategic IT sourcing efforts that rely less on CIO involvement but not at the expense of vendor management and IT contracting expertise.

2. CIO's are striving to shift their spending to fund new IT initiatives. They envision the new projects helping engage better relationships with the customers and business partners alike. By reducing the cost of the current technology investments, CIO's can reach this goal of core systems to systems that engage customers and business partners.

3. CIO's tenure is getting longer. A consistent growth over the past three years. This is a major positive for the IT procurement. A longer tenure allows for consistency within IT which boosts strategic sourcing improvements.

The longer a CIO stays with a company, the more the numbers will improve. This improvement can then bast show how effective a CIO is to their business.

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