CIOs Get No Respect From the C-Suite

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-15-2012
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Top Reasons Why CIOs Aren't Involved with Business Strategy:
• Skills considered to be too lacking to be involved (as cited by 51% of survey respondents)
• Not considered member of senior leadership team (47%)
• Poor relationship with CEO (40%)

Do you feel left out of the most critical conversations between top executives in your organization? You're not alone. The vast majority of CIOs say they're not part of their company's business planning, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. The resulting report, "The Future Role of the CIO: Digital Literacy," presents a pessimistic picture of the relationship between the CIO and the rest of the C-Suite. Senior IT managers are being marginalized, saddled with the "tech guy" reputation, and left out of decision making. Technology is perceived as a cost that burdens the business instead of a tool for growth. It doesn't help that many top decision-makers don't really understand technology as well as they should, findings reveal. And when they seek clarity, they often bypass the CIO and solicit help from outside consultants instead of mining the resource on hand: you. If these troubling patterns continue, corporations may miss market opportunities and lose competitive advantage, according to CA. Nearly 690 CIOs in 22 nations took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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