Oh I See! Getting CIOs to view their jobs from a different angle:


November 15, 2011  5:00 AM

Get on with IT

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, IT budgets, IT Metrics, ROI, role of the CIO

The other day I was in a gathering of CIOs being addressed by an eminent editor who was unraveling research conducted by his IT publication. The research surveyed a large number of CIOs who provided their

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September 27, 2011  2:39 AM

Metrics that matter

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CIO Dashboard, IT budget, IT Metrics, Measuring success

I bumped into an angel investor in a social gathering organized by a company funded by him. Discussing a range of subjects, he was interested in understanding how customers of his funded company used technology; and traction with the management across different sectors....

September 20, 2011  4:34 AM

Engaging the Board

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Board and the CIO, CIO and the Board, Engaging the Board

If you want to get a seat on the Board of Directors, then you have to think like them; understand what drives them and how they take decisions. The BoD is not interested in the micro details of various initiatives or specifics of the technology solution....

August 30, 2011  10:17 AM

The elastic CIO

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Elastic CIO, engaging the CIO, Operational CIO, strategic CIO

Last week I happened to be in a panel discussion with some CIOs who were expected to debate on ‘Improving Enterprise Efficiency’. The sponsor’s management personnel on the table listened attentively and sometimes also asked intelligent questions to the CIOs. The expert moderator balanced the...

August 23, 2011  9:14 AM

I hate you for this

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Follow up, project management

The meeting finished with agreement on clear responsibilities, time lines and the next scheduled meeting date four weeks away. The minutes circulated to the team the next day captured this very well. Like all projects, this one was thus far on track though...

August 15, 2011  9:54 PM

I am a new CIO!

Posted by: Arun Gupta
achieving results, being successful, BITA, how to become a CIO, New CIO

Recent past has seen many young IT professionals make the grade and move up the hierarchy to take on the responsibility of IT head, some also getting the...

August 9, 2011  5:44 AM

Language curriculum for CIOs or …

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, Changing role of the CIO, CIO speak, engaging with the CIO, IT vendors

The Chairman of the Indian entity of a leading global IT vendor company addressing a gathering of CIOs stressed on the (now so obvious) fact that CIOs should speak in business language. Everyone in the audience agreed and appreciated this repetition like the fact that “the sun rises in the...

August 2, 2011  1:01 AM

The power to say No

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO role, customer satisfaction, managing expectations

Over the years, the businesses' dependence on IT has grown to reach a state that it is unimaginable to think of any business running without IT. I am sure that we can start creating a list of exceptions which may be different by geography or economic classification,...

July 11, 2011  11:54 PM

Cost of IT versus value of IT

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO and CFO relationship, IT as a cost center, IT cost, IT value, role of the CIO

The CFO has traditionally controlled the purse strings ensuring fiscal prudence to keep the enterprise healthy, with adequate financial safety net. As a part of the management team, the discussion and debate ensured that investments stayed aligned to overall company direction. With adequate risk...

June 20, 2011  6:52 PM

Is role of the CIO still a matter of debate?

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, engaging with the business, Leadership, role of the CIO, vendor engagements

The other day I attended a congregation of CIOs with a dozen odd vendors sponsoring the event. It was a gathering of 100 odd CIOs who took time off on a Saturday to, amongst other...

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