A Final Word

28 Nov

A s a final word on my contribution to SoOpinionated, I shall briefly sum up some of the main points of the thread. Over the course of the last 6 weeks or so there has been a wealth of examinations on the subject of the role of CIO’s. This has inevitably led to constructive arguments and analytically orientated discussion over the debatable issues on the topic. What has been mostly agreed upon are some core roles and responsibilities of the respective post such as the development of ‘soft’ skills that are now crucial to the day to day skills of the CIO. Why has this happened though? As I covered in earlier posts the pertinence of developments in creating professional relationships with various stakeholders is now crucial. As well as this and on a par of importance many have documented the coming wave of enthusiasm regarding the CIO evolving into a strategic role involved at an executive level concerning the strategic direction of the particular firm. This also refers to the acceptance that the CIO has to be intrinsically involved in the implementation of large projects within the organisation that affect either IT or IS which more often than not do indeed have a telling contribution towards them. And as regards the future, I shall not be so bold to predict the exact environment that CIO’s will be adapting into like the academics Ross and Feeney attempted to and failed in but what is certain is that in a changing environment the CIO will once again adapt and fit its surroundings like it has done from the end of the mainframe era right up to the web based era throughout the distributed era. The future of the CIO will not be nailed down to one definition but rather be an evolving post to which will the business will use to its own advantage. Thanks for reading










2 Responses to “A Final Word”

  1. returnofthemc November 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Well said oconnormatty7

  2. lucid21 November 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Excellent summary oconnormatty7. Interesting final comment on the “cio will not be nailed down to one definition but rather be an evolving post”. A similar perspective seems to be recurring throughout some of the topics/blogs such as trends in IS, evaluating IS investments and the role of the CIO in that there is a constant alteration in their definitions roles and methods within the modern economy.

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