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


September 27, 2010  8:00 AM

IT startups, due diligence, and the CIO

Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, IT startups, IT vendors and the CIO, vendor due diligence

Every CIO gets many calls from startup IT companies wanting to bounce their million dollar idea—to seek the CIO’s advice and understand whether it makes sense in the enterprise. Some of these are self-funded, while a few may have angel investors or private equity already in place for growth....

September 20, 2010  11:34 PM

Vendors just don’t get it

Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, customer service, engaging the CIO, how to sell, IT vendors and the CIO

I met the CEO of a global market leading hardware and services vendor recently – he’s from an organization which has been engaged with us for many years. He was earnestly seeking customer feedback on how is his company contributes to the success of customers and what is required to sustain or...

September 14, 2010  1:13 AM

Aspiring CIOs

Posted by: Arun Gupta
aspiring CIO, CIO, comfort zones, how to become a CIO, role of the CIO, succession planning for the CIO

Last week, I was invited to speak to a gathering of IT Managers (CIO aspirants). The subject was of course How to become a CIO. With some...

September 7, 2010  2:14 AM

CIO longevity and types of CIOs

Posted by: Arun Gupta
business CIO, CIO, role of the CIO, strategic CIO, types of CIO

My Sunday morning breakfast with a CIO proved to be quite an interesting discussion. He was wondering whether it is time to change now, since he will be completing almost five years in the current company. “Renewal is necessary to keep the learning going”, pronounced the person sitting across...

August 31, 2010  2:06 AM

CIO Trilogy: The last brick in the wall

Posted by: Arun Gupta
business CIO, CIO, how to become a CIO, role of the CIO, strategic CIO, the next CIO

Recently, a respected publication’s edit piece on CIOs highlighted the enterprise’s changing expectations from a CIO. This insight was gleaned from “CIO wanted” advertisements as well as discussions with headhunters or executive search companies. Some of these headlines were on the lines of...

August 24, 2010  2:49 AM

Another variation for the CIO!

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Chief Imagination Officer, CIO, strategic IT

Last week in my post OMG …, I wrote about a CIO perception that was probably the lowest that I have observed in so many years. That was the perception of those...

August 16, 2010  6:52 AM

OMG not a CIO, but a CDO (Chief Disinformation Officer)!

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CDO, Chief Disinformation Officer, Chief Invisible Officer, CIO, CIO and alignment

The other day, I found myself aghast by the onstage passions of learned men—those who had absolutely no kind words for the CIO. I tried to get up from my seat in the audience with a wish to raise my voice against what was going on (CIO bashing), but something invisible pulled me back. The 400+...

August 3, 2010  12:36 AM

Strategic or operational, the choice is yours

Posted by: Arun Gupta
balancing strategic and operational IT, BITA, CIO role, IT review meetings, operational IT, strategic IT

Recently, I met a CIO who was berating the fact that whenever (which is infrequent in any case) a meeting was scheduled to discuss the strategic IT agenda, the gathering ended up discussing operational issues in almost every case. This was leading to a buildup of frustration, and the CIO was...

July 20, 2010  12:42 AM

IT chargeback: Gain or pain?

Posted by: Arun Gupta
IT budgets, IT chargeback, IT management, IT Metrics, ITIL

Every so often, the subject of chargeback raises its head, and challenges (un)conventional wisdom. In the recent past, it has been in the news as a critical requirement for deployment of cloud computing. Many reports...

July 5, 2010  7:22 AM

Cyber commute

Posted by: Arun Gupta
business continuity plan, cyber commute, disaster recovery, force majeure, mobile workforce, work from home

Every Monday, the chores begin—to get up a little earlier, get ready and off to the place of work. Every Monday, the average person gets the blues as he thinks about the week ahead and its pressures, timelines, political issues, performance, and many more. These are worries that are unique to...

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