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

role of the CIO


March 31, 2014  7:55 AM

The King is dead, long live the king



Posted by: Arun Gupta
Changing role of the CIO, CIO 101, role of the CIO

I cannot believe that it has been almost two decades of the CIO role in the making; not the EDP manager which precedes the title by around another two decades or so; a score of years of making enterprise adopt, adapt and leverage IT; twenty years of educating CXOs on why they need to invest in IT...

January 23, 2013  9:04 AM

Action, reaction or discussion?



Posted by: Arun Gupta
Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO

Discussion The order was released to the vendor after multiple demonstrations and discussions with the business teams. Everyone agreed that any step is a step forward from their current reality; the vendor, IT team, and the users were excited with the new capability...


January 15, 2013  3:21 PM

A Strategic Discussion



Posted by: Arun Gupta
Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO, Strategic discussions

Recently I had a very interesting discussion with a CIO friend. She is by most benchmarks a successful CIO who has a credible record of delivering many solutions that business has used effectively across her many assignments. Over a year back she joined a company that is well established though...


January 4, 2013  5:12 PM

The CEOs pet project or the Emperor’s new clothes



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO

It was evident that the project wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry even though the CEO had endorsed and inaugurated it in a gathering of all key stakeholders. It was (had become) the CEOs project which no one believed in. The floundering state of affairs had the IT team and the CIO wondering on the...


March 20, 2012  9:43 AM

Fragile relationships



Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, Leadership, role of the CIO, Vendor relationships

Over the years CIOs and vendors have worked to forge relationships that go beyond transactional and


March 13, 2012  10:11 AM

Business driving IT driving business



Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, Innovation, Leadership, role of the CIO

Everyone agrees that business priorities define the IT agenda for any enterprise;...


February 21, 2012  7:18 AM

Re-skilling for future: The adaptive CIO



Posted by: Arun Gupta
adaptive CIO, Changing role of the CIO, CIO, role of the CIO

Every so often I read about the CIO role becoming redundant or the exigent need to adapt to


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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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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