Chief Information Officer (CIO)

What is a Chief Information Officer (CIO)?»

Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the title, for a role, given to the head of the information technology department or function in an organization. The "C" or "chief" in the role name is added to reflect equivalence in influence and seniority with the other "C-Suite" roles such as CEO (Chief Executive Officer), COO (Chief Operating Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) , and CPO (Chief Procurement Officer)
  • Organizations that use the CIO role and title are organized by function
  • Each function manages a strategic resource for the enterprise
  • In effect, the head of the function is given responsibility and authority to manage the complete life-cycle of the resource

Information and Communications Technology (IT or ICT) is a strategic resource for organizations entrusted to the IT Function - usually, a separate and distinct department. As head of the IT Function a CIO manages the complete life-cycle of Information Technology - identify, select, build, deploy, monitor, and fix the IT asset.

CIO Acronym»

CIO is the acronym for Chief Information Officer. CIO acronym is also used, albeit less frequently, for Chief Investment Officer. This article pertains to the Chief Information Officer.

History of the CIO Role»

  • The term CIO came into existence in America in the late 1980s, early 1990s with only 10 per cent of the 4000 IT departments listed in MISmagazine’s database in mid-1990s using the CIO title

Evolution of the CIO Role»

CIO 1.0: IT is a resource »

CIO 2.0: IT is a strategic resource»

CIO 3.0: IT Drives Competitive Advantage»

Emergence of the internet (aka the Dot Com Era)»

Large organizations are typically split into subsidiaries and divisions. Each subsidiary and/or division can have a CIO who heads its IT department. The "head of IT" for the overall or parent organization is called Group CIO, and of its divisions, Division CIO

Different Titles for the CIO role»

In addition to CIO, the "head of IT" role is assigned many different job titles including, but not limited to, the following
  • Head of IT
  • Head of ICT
  • IT Manager
  • Department Head, IT
  • Senior Vice President (IT)
  • Vice President (IT)
  • IT Director

History of the CIO Role»

CIO Reporting Relationship»

CIO commonly reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or Chief Operating Officer (COO). With the advent of the internet and the deep interconnection between marketing and IT, of late, CIO role is starting to report to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) or alternatively, the roles of CIO and CMO are merging onto the role of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

Relationship to CTO»

In some organizations, CTO is given to the head of the entire IT department. In others, the CTO reports to the CIO. On rare occasion a CIO job title reports to the CTO job title.

CIO Responsibilities»

Business IT Alignment
Governance of IT Organization
Enterprise Architecture Planning

CIO Community»

CIO Community and Network

CIO Desk Reference»

CIO Desk Reference

CIO Events»

CIO Events

CIO Groups»

CIO Groups

CIO Training»

CIO Training

CIO Whitepapers»

CIO Whitepapers

Global CIO Directory»

Global CIO Directory


External References»

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CIO Issue»

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