Redefining the Chief Information Officer’s role as future-state CIO, digital influencer and business technology leader

CIOs and IT organizations today have a stronger voice advising CEOs, CFOs and other members of the C-Suite on technology strategies as they apply to business decisions. Yet there is still a widely perceived gap between the CIO as a technology officer and other C-level executives as corporate officers. While many CIOs are members of the senior executive team, they are not always accepted as full partners of the executive business decision team and there is a need to expand and redefine the role in relation to the entire corporate organization — and to outline ways for the position to evolve over time as technology emerges as an increasingly vital foundation in the strategies and overall success of any business.

Establishing a standardized set of responsibilities related to innovation ensures that CIOs are consistently demonstrating their corporate officer role across the company — and in some cases, across industry boundaries — while also creating a path for future growth and business expansion.

This evolving definition of the CIO aligns well with the CIO Executive Council’s FUTURE-STATE CIO framework, which outlines a well-established set of key competencies that IT leaders can acquire to further their careers and gain influence within their organizations.

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