There has been a lot of press in recent years about the demise of the CIO, and CIO’s like me didn’t appreciate that for some reason. I experienced this last Fall at an industry conference where even a renowned internet venture capital icon stated that he’d never hire a CIO and would always opt for a CDO. I almost stood up to challenge him, and my better sense kept me seated. But I’m ready to stand up and shout it out now. The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.
I consider the CIO to be the hub of the wheel, the person responsible for bringing all corporate technology usage together – the business stakeholders, as well as the technical resources – the spokes that all need to tie into the hub for the wheel to have stability and function properly. It’s a coordination of resources that support the company direction through the use of technology. And, if done well, all technical areas – whether digital transformation, AI/machine learning, information security, cloud computing, information management, software or hardware, could and should be centrally managed in my opinion.