10 Ways CIOs Can Invest Like a CFO, Manage Like a CEO

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-01-30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Ways CIOs Can Invest Like a CFO, Manage Like a CEO

    by Chris Preimesberger
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    2 - Make Smarter Spending Decisions
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    Make Smarter Spending Decisions

    Gartner Research estimates the average IT budget will grow by a mere 1 percent in 2015 while the CIO's scope of responsibilities continues to expand. CIOs must run lean and smarter—cutting costs while investing in transformative technology. Analytics will come in very handy here.
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    3 - Use Historical Data to Inform Action
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    Use Historical Data to Inform Action

    CIOs must have a good grip on their organizations' past challenges in order to address new ones and prepare for the future. This requires access to historical data as well as an understanding of existing assets to inform their IT strategy.
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    4 - Eliminate Information Silos
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    Eliminate Information Silos

    Uncovering opportunities to innovate across a business requires an integrated view. This means synthesizing insights from multiple data sources. By combining data from operational and financial systems across the business, CIOs can identify important correlations, such as the true cost of providing a business service.
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    5 - Deepen Relationships Across the C-Suite
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    Deepen Relationships Across the C-Suite

    Digital innovation requires the CIO to execute in close partnership with other executives. These interactions also can ensure that other C-level execs clearly understand what the CIO's role entails, helping the CIO to set expectations accordingly.
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    6 - Proactively Partner With the CEO, CMO or CSO
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    Proactively Partner With the CEO, CMO or CSO

    Identify an opportunity to work with another C-level executive (such the chief marketing officer or the chief security officer) to demonstrate the value the IT organization provides. By spending time with leaders across the company to understand the company's broader strategic objectives and offer technology support for these goals, the CIO can drive lasting results across departments.
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    7 - Embrace a Data Strategy for IT
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    Embrace a Data Strategy for IT

    To better serve the enterprise, IT leaders must first successfully adopt their own technologies and best practices. As HR, marketing and other functions become more data-driven, IT must also leverage data to garner actionable insights.
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    8 - Hire for Analytics Skills
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    Hire for Analytics Skills

    Analytics skills are in high demand across the enterprise due to a massive influx of data and the availability of less expensive and more powerful technology to sift through complex data sets. Organizations with fully developed analytics teams will continue to be the top performers in the years to come.
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    9 - Champion Creativity Within IT
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    Champion Creativity Within IT

    Successful leaders today are those that continue to bring new ideas to C-suite peers, rather than maintain the status quo. Adopting new and innovative technologies on a regular basis is one approach to sparking creativity within the IT organization.
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    10 - Develop Ongoing Marketing Collateral for IT
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    Develop Ongoing Marketing Collateral for IT

    Stay accountable to other departments by clearly marketing IT services and successes through a variety of internal and external activities. Consider sharing monthly reports across the enterprise to outline IT’s progress, challenges and opportunities. Contribute to the thought leadership conversation by volunteering to give a presentation or develop articles or a newsletter.
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    11 - Speak Directly to Your Audience
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    Speak Directly to Your Audience

    While increasing marketing efforts is important, it’s also crucial to communicate with end users in clear, non-technical terms. Eliminate jargon to ensure internal and external partners are all on the same page. Use customer-oriented metrics like end-user satisfaction to communicate how IT has been delivering value to employees.
 

There's no question that over the last decade, the CIO's job has morphed more than any other high-level corporate position. Once it was a leadership position with responsibility for all of a company's data, computer systems and security. Now, thanks to cloud services, bring- your-own-device (BYOD) and other trends, many of those duties have been carved up and allotted to others. As IT innovation continues, the CIO's role must also continue to evolve. Every C-level executive now has a bigger stake in the CIO's decisions. Using new data sources and technologies, CIOs are expected to demonstrate in new ways how their work affects the bottom line. For insight into how CIOs can address these challenges, eWEEK developed this slide show with input from Srikant Gokulnatha, co-founder and chief product officer at IT business analytics provider Numerify. Here are suggestions on how today's CIOs can adapt to their changing roles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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