Information Technology Management with a Purpose:



December 3, 2012  9:56 AM

Encouraging talent

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
delegation, delegation of responsibilities, employee retention, leadership, spotting talent, team management, team motivation

We often complain of overwork and lament lack of adequate support from within our department. Non-availability of the right people is the usual refrain and we wish we could

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...

September 6, 2010  5:04 AM

Common CIO mistakes during technology selection

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, leadership, technology selection

Every other day we hear of a different product or service, a new software version, or an innovation. You hear on a constant basis about known companies being taken over and strange mergers. All these tend to leaves us confused, but that is only one part of the story. IT is no longer the domain...

August 30, 2010  8:51 AM

How much technology should a CIO know?

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
business-IT alignment, CIO career, language of business, leadership

Today's CIO faces a dilemma. He knows technology, and he thinks he knows the business that his company is in. However, he’s confronted with articles and seminars that discuss the CIO role, which emphasize the fact that he should understand and participate in business. All these mean well, but...

August 24, 2010  2:08 AM

The CIO as a good communicator

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
C-level aspirations, CIO career, communication skills, leadership

Today’s CIO lives in a world which involves interactions with many stakeholders; he cannot operate alone. Since he services various internal and external customers, his reach and influence go much beyond his function. The management also has its own expectation of him, and he is

August 16, 2010  6:20 AM

Leadership qualities essential for the CIO

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
C-level aspirations, CIO career, language of business, leadership

Every CIO functions in various capacities at an organization. Due to this multi-faceted job profile, he requires various traits that put him in charge of the situation. As a good manager, he can function very well by being dedicated and efficient. Just this capability will not take him far, since...

August 9, 2010  5:24 AM

Does the CIO also play a HR manager’s role, even if informal?

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, HR, leadership

Can the CIO make contributions to HR? Certainly yes, will be my answer to this query. Now, if we go by the traditional view, the CIO is a technology wizard who peers at the computer screen and makes various machines work. He is considered a back-end guy, someone who has very little to do...

July 19, 2010  7:56 AM

The CIO and his role in ERP deployments

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
change management, ERP, leadership

More often than not, we find that a CIO initiates the idea of getting ERP into an organization for managing enterprise data. So the CIO has to go through the initial barrage of questions relating to the need of...

July 5, 2010  7:58 AM

What should a CIO finally aspire for?

Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
C-level aspirations, CIO career, leadership

Today you are the CIO, but what next? Truth be told, this question may not have clear answers. Views vary, and so do the aspiration levels of CIOs. For a person starting at the lower level, getting to a C-level position could be the ultimate destination. Some may hold ambitions of getting to the...


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