Information Technology Management with a Purpose:

CIO career


August 21, 2012  3:48 AM

Professional development of CIOs



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
business benefits, business IT alignment (BITA), business strategy, career skills, CIO career, CIO career development, CIO leadership, education

I had the opportunity to develop and mentor quite a few of my junior colleagues over the years. Many of them progressed well and some of them really rose higher and took up position of greater responsibilities. I realized that some of them had innate qualities and traits like forward thinking,...

July 10, 2012  3:46 AM

How to market ‘CIO as a service’



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO as a service, CIO career, CIO career development, CIO leadership

As discussed in my earlier notes, the concept of ‘


April 30, 2012  7:42 AM

CIOs seeking promotion



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, job satisfaction, performance appraisal, problem management

I have often found my CIO friends unhappy, worried and agitated about the apparent lack of recognition of their efforts in their organizations. They feel ignored and side-stepped when not considered for promotion to the next level. I too have felt grumpy many times


August 29, 2011  6:45 AM

6 capabilities that can enhance your CIO-career



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
career skills, CIO career, CIO leadership, CIO role, IT consultancy

The CIO plays a significant role in his organization and helps in providing various technology solutions. He is often a part of transformational projects that provide a...


July 4, 2011  6:36 AM

Fear of losing job



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, CIO leadership qualities, CIO’s role, coordination with management, fear factor, user buy-in

The job of a CIO is a tough one. He has to do quite a bit of jugglery trying to balance various demands...


November 23, 2010  4:26 AM

The CIO reporting relationship equation



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, reporting

We say that the CIO is an important functionary in an organization — one who plays a significant role in business growth and prosperity. It is but natural that he should occupy a position of responsibility and power. As a result, he is able to execute various projects which help the organization...


November 9, 2010  4:37 AM

Are CIOs risk averse?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, innovation, language of business, risk tolerance

This is a question that I am not sure of asking. As of today, the CIO is an important functionary, and has a role to play in the improving organization’s capability to function in the market and beat competition. Companies, in an effort to grow and expand, take various business risks — an...


November 2, 2010  6:19 AM

Learn from the vendors



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, learning, procurement, Secret tactics, vendor relations

Much of what I know about technology has been learnt from technology vendors. While it’s true that I have read about various technologies and also used them, at times the real understanding has come from vendor interactions. Vendors know best about the technology that they deal with. Vendor...


October 22, 2010  7:22 AM

Do you network with fellow CIOs & the outside World?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, leadership, networking tips

We live in a dynamic world, and the environment around us undergoes change at a rapid pace.  While we are busy putting out fires in our respective organizations, a lot is happening in the world around us. We do try to keep pace by reading various magazines, accessing information from the net, and...


October 18, 2010  6:32 AM

Do you network within the organization?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, leadership, networking tips

Gone are the days when the IT Manager used to sit securely in his glass cabin and manage back-end processing. Today’s CIO has to be a part of the business, and help in its...


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