By "Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize-Oracle" on May 15, 2015
As you know, that headline paraphrases an infamous Mark Twain misquote.
I’ve read countless accounts of how CIO’s are being bypassed in IT business solution decision-making. It conjures up an image of a CIO bursting into the CFO’s office and tattling on some line of business manager who allegedly has purchased and deployed a one off solution without IT’s blessing.
My reaction to these reports has typically been that of skepticism. While I have no doubt that such situations occur, I’ve never talked with a Oracle customer executive who has found this to be a significant problem within their organization. Why? Because successful, growth oriented companies can’t afford to have the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. I believe that maverick IT decision making happens when an immediate challenge needs to be addressed yet that challenge has not grown to a level to be considered strategic. When it does, IT is going to be involved in the discussion on how to face it.
In a recent Forbes OracleVoice article, The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2015, Bob Evans, SVP of Corporate Communications at Oracle, acknowledges that the extreme change and disruption experienced in the business world during 2014 spawned rumors of the premature demise of the CIO.
He even offers some “crackpot theories” surrounding this whodunit gossip—theories for who may have allegedly killed the CIO:
- The CMO
- Mobile Technology
- Cloud Computing
- Big data and its data scientist masters
Evans goes on to refute the rumors by saying, “The best CIOs are not only alive and well and far from endangered, but are indeed creating more business value than ever before by collaborating eagerly and openly with those supposed forces of opposition.”
So, ignore those ugly rumors. Long live the CIO!
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