How Big Data is Redefining the Role of a CIO

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-04-2014 Email

Organizations are empowering CIOs to maximize the value of all things data, whether structured or unstructured. In the process, these CIOs are expanding their impact by redefining their jobs, according to a new paper from McKinsey & Company. Simply stated, these roles break down as follows: business leader, product manager and recruiter. Given that the new roles require a far more proactive approach than those of the traditional CIO, McKinsey offers the following insights to help today's technology leaders make the transition. "CIOs must reimagine their role, seeing themselves—and encouraging others to see them—as chief executives of an information business," according to the paper, which was written by McKinsey's Janaki Akella, Sam Marwaha and Johnson Sikes. "Like any chief executive, the CIO should bring vision, direction and organization to the company's big data investment priorities. That means engaging internal customers on their biggest challenges while attracting the best talent and suppliers; most important, it means being accountable for execution and results." For more about the paper, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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