CIOs Find New Roles, New Directions
Meet the Hybrid CIO: Well-Paid, powerful, often in charge of more than just technology and, almost as often, a migrant into IT from other areas of the company.26% of CIOs spent half their career in IT and half outside of IT
55% say contributing to corporate strategy is one of their three top responsibilities
34% of CIOs manage another corporate function while running IT
16% spend most of their time dealing with emergencies
55% report to the chairman, CEO or president of their company
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first time the phrase "chief information officer" was used in IT.
Right from the start, people understood just how difficult the position was: It requires executives to be both outstanding technology managers and fully functional business leaders. The occasion was the 1980 Information Management Exposition and Conference, and the speaker was William Synott, then senior vice president of the First National Bank of Boston.
Synott said: "The manager of information systems in the 1980s has to be Supermanretaining his technology cape, but doffing the technical suit for a business suit and becoming one of the chief executives of the firm.