Break New Ground

Do CIOs Matter?

Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

Seeing this post from  Dr. Jim Anderson brought to mind Nicholas Carr’s 2003 article “IT Doesn’t Matter” in the Harvard Business Review. While Carr’s claim put him on the map, it’s pretty clear seven years later that  IT does indeed matter. But Anderson raises an interesting point:

IT has no equivalent accreditation system. Langer points out that the field of IT is lacking any sort of professional body that could provide its stamp of approval for how an IT department is run or what goals it chooses to focus on. Although such an organization may be a long way off, in the near term IT at least needs to do a better job of getting the message across to the CIO about IT actually does.

One thing is certain: the gap between the business and IT sides of the house doesn’t appear to be getting any narrower, and the seems to always come back to communication.

Read: CIOs In Crisis: Do We Have A Problem Here? (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment) | The Accidental Successful CIO

(h/t to Pratul Sharma for finding the article.)


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  • chet Tuesday, March 2, 2010
    Ah yes, communication. The bane of our existence.
    It's one of the reasons I got into IT. I was a secretary using Microsoft Access to manage a decent amount of data. As I tried to further automate (so I could goof off online) I ran into a wall with IT. Either I wasn't worthy of their time and attention or they just didn't think I would understand. Looking back, it may have just been time...a serious lack of time on their part.
    That's a big reason I got into the IT game. I wanted to change that...I go out of my way (and end up working more than I should) to help explain to the business people what's going on, especially those that show the slightest interest. Winning someone over from the business side is one of the best feelings in the world.
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