Driving Innovation and Growth   Too much business or too much technology. That’s what you’ll be presented with when getting introduced to individuals in the IT leadership space. Each have their benefits and each have their flaws. The ultimate goal is an individual with both technology and business sense, but it consistently seems difficult to find. I primarily interact with IT leadership positions that have either of the two qualities, but not both. It’s a difficult concept to explain to each since they’re so focused and set in their ways. It’s counterproductive to the organization to have either, unless the

Forging Connections that Drive Success Have you ever wondered why you’re not succeeding as a CIO? You have the technical knowledge, you know the ins-and-outs of anything and everything technology related, but your projects never make it past the board. What is going on? Why is it that you have great ideas but nobody else sees or cares about them. It’s probably due to the relationships that you should have built but haven’t. Let’s take a look at an important and often overlooked concept: relationship building. The First Year Your first year as a leader is filled with excitement. Normally

Guiding Tech Strategy and Innovation While highly dependent on the organization that employs the CIO, there are certain responsibilities that surface more often than not. Those include: managing technology infrastructure, overseeing IT security, managing data, and collaborating with other executives to align IT strategy with overall business objectives. Managing Technology Infrastructure My favorite phrase uttered by IT Leadership is, “we’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this infrastructure and it works for us.” While there are budgetary constraints that do affect those decisions, most of the time the reasoning is a lot simpler: they just don’t want to do

How CIOs Drive Tech Integration Success One expected place where a CIO will exist is in Merger and Acquisition deals. They need to do their due diligence, integrate IT into the acquisition, and manage cultural differences. These are just a few concepts outside of the regular key responsibilities that any CIO needs to perform. https://medium.com/geekculture/key-responsibilities-of-a-cio-5028833d7ebd Due Diligence In a merger and acquisition (M&A) scenario, the CIO plays a crucial role in assessing the IT systems, infrastructure, and operations of both the acquiring and the target organizations. The CIO must perform due diligence to identify any potential risks, opportunities, and challenges

The CIO’s Essential Skill As the top technology executive in an organization, the CIO needs to communicate effectively with the executive staff to ensure alignment of technology strategy with overall business strategy. I’ll frequently state that I can tell the maturity of the marketing department in an organization by one key word: digital. For example, if a marketing department states that they need a digital marketer, I automatically know that the marketing department is not up-with-the-times. Digital-Marketing is Marketing now and businesses can’t live without it. Similarly, when a mid-sized+ business states that they don’t need a CIO, I know

The CIO’s Vital Business Continuity Role   Someone has to plan for disaster. The CIO normally takes on the role of business continuity planner. Technology is so finely integrated into each business that most business continuity plans involve IT in one shape or another. https://medium.com/geekculture/cio-the-master-communicator-edf03e0a9644 Why Even Do Business Continuity Planning? Business continuity planning helps to minimize downtime in the event of a disruption, which can help to reduce the impact on customers, employees, and the organization’s reputation. It helps to protect the organization’s revenue by ensuring that critical business processes and systems remain operational during a disruption. This can