Information Technology Management with a Purpose:

CIO role


January 22, 2014  6:38 AM

Managing Pulls and Pressures in the Organization



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
change management, CIO career development, CIO challenges, CIO ethics, CIO judgment, CIO leadership qualities, CIO role, job ethics, relationship with management

The position of CIO in any organization is a challenging one. He has to deal with various people within and especially his seniors. He derives his powers from the defined set of duties and responsibilities assigned to him and the support...

October 8, 2012  4:45 AM

The magic of team dynamics



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO choices, CIO leadership, CIO options, CIO priorities, CIO role, CIO’s role, job delegation, people development, team management, training and development

A few years into my role as a CIO, I realized that having the right people in the team is perhaps the single most important factor to...


October 1, 2012  3:45 AM

Are there limits to applying IT?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
career skills, CIO leadership, CIO options, CIO priorities, CIO role, CIO skills, CIO toolkit, CIO’s role, IT leadership, IT planning, IT strategy, job satisfaction

I have come across quite a few IT professionals and CIOs who desired change of jobs just because they had reached


September 17, 2012  5:13 AM

Your seven-point self renewal formula



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO and workload, CIO career development, CIO challenges, CIO leadership, CIO role, CIO skills, CIO’s busy schedule, CIO’s role, education

The job of a CIO is not an easy one. While on one hand he is expected to be proactive in


August 27, 2012  9:36 AM

Strategic thinking



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
BITA, CIO role, IT alignment, IT as differentiator, IT leadership, IT planning, Strategic IT

The CIO and his role is the topic of many a discussion that take place


February 27, 2012  9:03 AM

The ever busy CIO



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO role, job delegation, succession planning, wage slavery, work-life balance, workaholism

The CIO is an important functionary. He is one of the most sought-after executives and is most remembered when things go wrong. At other times he is given importance and is befriended by many when they want their PC or printer to be replaced, or when they want a new system to be developed or...


January 30, 2012  8:18 AM

When vendors bypass CIOs



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO challenges, CIO role, CIO skills, vendor management, vendor negotiation, vendor tactics

This situation is not uncommon. CIOs deal with a host of vendors and take pride in their vendor management skills. While they successfully manage vendors that they...


December 5, 2011  7:41 AM

The problems of unprepared IT departments



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO role, Indian SMB, IT deployments, IT planning, IT problems, IT response, IT strategy, IT support, successful business

Of late, I have been visiting IT deployments in many small and medium organizations — in the private sector as well as the Government sector. During the process, I had the opportunity to study initiatives taken by the business, as well as the


November 7, 2011  6:28 AM

Acknowledging the role of the users and the management



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO role, coordination with management, end-users, team management

We always like to complain about the lack of support from the management or non-cooperation of the end users. We say we would have gone miles, had they been kind enough to us and had helped us for the cause. The lament is justified to some extent and I agree that we, as...


October 24, 2011  2:37 AM

A season of greetings and network bottlenecks



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO judgment, CIO leadership, CIO role

These festive months are times to enjoy and rejoice. We do have fun; but there is something else to these festivities that give us the jitters. It is the greetings messages that run unhindered through our communication pipes and create those


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