In order for a CIO to ascend to the position of President, they would need to establish their credibility to manage the ENTIRE business. For a CIO who ascended through the technical ranks, this is difficult. If the CIO’s career involved other business functions … sales & marketing, finance, and operations … and the ability to lead line managers, they would be much stronger candidates!
Effective CIO’s need to be business people. They need to know how the business operates. They need to be able to make IT a competitive weapon … justified as much by increasing revenue as decreasing costs. In order to move beyond CIO, they need to possess leadership and business insight that exceeds that of other line managers in the other business functions.]]>