How CIOs Stays Relevant with a CFO Boss

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 01-22-2008

How CIOs Stays Relevant with a CFO Boss

Overview

IT management is being unbundled, with technology decisions made in business units; fewer CIOs are reporting directly to chief executives, and more reporting to CFOs.

The shift is happening at a time when information is more s

How CIOs Stays Relevant with a CFO Boss

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Become a Strategic Thinker

Focus on the information, not the technology. The latter is increasingly a commodity, and one that users want to a voice in selecting. The relevant CIO will accept that keeping the lights on in the data center is an

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Learn the Business, Really

It's long been a truism that CIOs need to move outside their comfort zones to understand every aspect of the business. Now it's an imperative. Be active, engaged and visible on projects in different areas of the com

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How CIOs Stays Relevant with a CFO Boss - 'How CIO Stays Relevant with CFO Boss'

Understand the New Measurement Culture

MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson refers to "a revolution in measurement that is leading to a revolution in management."

CIOs need to manage information in new ways that reflect the available busines

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How CIOs Stays Relevant with a CFO Boss - 'How CIO Stays Relevant with CFO Boss'

Work with End Users

CIOs should recognize and respect the growing clout of business users in technology decisions. Turf wars are out. Making sure systems work across the company-for users and with other systems-is in.

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Delegate Non-Strategic Work

Let subordinates sweat the non-discretionary budget items and operational aspects of the technology function. Think like a business executive, not a techie.

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How else should CIOs adjust to the increasing dominance of the CFO? Tell us at editors@cioinsight.com.

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