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CIO role


November 20, 2012  6:38 AM

Upward delegation



Posted by: Arun Gupta
balancing strategic and operational IT, Changing role of the CIO, CIO, CIO role, leadership and the CIO, managing teams, Team management, Team management and the CIO, upward delegation

I had heard this term a long time back and then forgot about it; in those days my team was small and the activity largely technical. I wore professional pride on my sleeve proclaiming that I could solve any technical problem, well, almost any problem, within the many technology domains that I...

November 6, 2012  3:08 AM

Chief Insecure Officer? You must be joking!



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, CIO branding, CIO role, Leadership, leadership and the CIO

Research Analysts from the industry keep finding excuses to put the CIO down; I have no idea which set of CIOs are on their panel or the ones they interview or poll for various reports that they publish. The data is not available to the audience who may want to challenge the conclusions. These...


September 5, 2012  3:02 AM

Hiring consultants!



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO role, Leadership

CIOs are a lucky bunch, whenever they have a problem of any kind, all types of help is available to them from various sources; IT vendors, system integrators, business school professors, peer CIOs, and finally management or IT consultants big, small, and even individuals, ex-CIOs, i.e. retired or...


July 31, 2012  12:01 AM

Respect for the CIO



Posted by: Arun Gupta
business IT alignment and profitability, business technology, Changing role of the CIO, CIO and the Board, CIO as a business leader, CIO as business leader, CIO role, CIO value

Talking to a few CIO friends on the much debated and discussed subject of “what next” for us, the CIOs, many aspired to be CEOs. Now that is a good thing given that CIOs are setting their...


July 3, 2012  8:24 AM

Requirement gathering



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CIO role, Leadership

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step; similarly, the development or deployment of systems and solutions begins with requirement gathering. Conventional wisdom has it that IT teams talk to business users to gather their requirements, and then go about creating or finding a...


November 1, 2011  10:30 AM

Becoming an entrepreneur



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO role, Entrepreneur CIO, Leadership, Managing change

Recent times have been interesting, to say the least, according to industry news. Angel investments, venture capital, and seed funding have been relatively easy to get by. Every business magazine and newspaper is talking about the young generation choosing the path less...


October 25, 2011  8:24 AM

CIO predictions for 2012



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO role, Leadership, Predictions for 2012

Like the sun goes down in the west every day, the earth goes around the sun, people make New Year resolutions and the IT industry makes predictions for the coming year. These lists offer

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October 18, 2011  6:57 AM

Resetting expectations



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO role, Leadership, Managing change

I met a CIO who was wondering what’s going wrong after having spent many successful years in his current position, working with the management team, implementing various award...

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October 11, 2011  7:13 AM

(Why) Should CIOs be interested in LAN cabling or UPS batteries?



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO role, engaging the CIO, IT infrastructure, Leadership

I attended a CIO gathering which had a UPS battery manufacturer as one of the key sponsors. The presentation discussed the merits of one battery technology over the other; they offered a promise of higher reliability that matters to any CIO. So I started asking the half a...


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,...


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