Lately here at ATK we have been focused on raising the visibility of the CPO and moving them up to first class status. However, a little noticed (and unrelated trend) is that CIOs are losing their first-class status. This article looks at why that is happening. It cites that CIOs lack broad business understanding, strategic vision, and interpersonal skills. Fortunately, as the article notes, these are skills that can be overcome, but CIOs need to be open to change. They also need to look at moving from the tactical (servers, laptops, phones) to the strategic and embrace initiatives such as data integration (as reported here). Ultimately technology is a commodity these days and with the consumer market outpacing the corporate market there is diminishing strategic value in large-scale corporate IT.
Read the article.