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The CIO agenda

Note from the editor

Ask chief information officers how their roles have changed in the last five years and answers will vary.

Since a CIO's tenure is among the shortest in the C-suite, some executives will have served in entirely different capacities at entirely different companies. Newly minted CIOs will take on the role's demands for the first time.

Letters in titles change too, with VPs of IT at one company undertaking the same responsibilities as CIOs in other companies. 

The window dressing of executive titles aside, CIO responsibilities have changed fundamentally with the advent of cloud-based technology, digital transformation and consumer-motivated technology strategies. 

What has arisen is technology leaders becoming more integral to business operations, with CIOs becoming strategic partners rather than back-end watchdogs. 

This report details the changing CIO agenda including: 

  • Case studies of CIO leadership innovation
  • Trends in corporate technology leadership 
  • How digital transformation is adding culture responsibilities
  • Solving the technical vacuum on boards of directors 

The CIO agenda is constantly evolving and a trend CIO Dive will follow closely. Enjoy and watch closely as CIOs increase their influence. 

Naomi Eide Senior Editor

CIO role gaining prominence as technology solidifies importance

Case study: Estée Lauder CIO gives IT a makeover to keep pace with fast-changing beauty trends

CIOs, is it time to disrupt yourself?

Case study: Ocean Spray's CIO not bogged by tradition, moves IT out of the 'back office'

If a CIO can run with an experiment and afterward present real feedback and impact, it could change the conversation.

Digital transformation is making CIOs culture custodians

Hacking culture can't be accomplished in one meeting. It’s about small actions that are often overlooked and steadily shaping new mindsets.

Case study: Chapter and verse of Houghton Mifflin's radical IT modernization

Incoming CIO, Trish Torizzo found herself ​"staring at an IT operating model that was not in line with how the company is structured.​"

Make way for CIOs to help solve the technical vacuum on boards of directors

CIOs, CTOs and directors with other IT backgrounds constitute a slim piece of board leadership pies around the world. And no one likes a small piece of pie.

Insight CIO's model of IT operations favors enterprise department autonomy

As it has evolved, enterprise IT has "radical centralization and standardization at the core with massive diversity at the fringe," said Michael Guggemos.

The CIO's agenda for 2021

The CIO’s agenda is constantly evolving, with the role having becoming increasingly influential in the past few years. Discover the new priorities of the CIO for 2021 in the face of digital transformation and consumer-motivated technology strategies. 

included in this trendline
  • Estée Lauder CIO gives IT a makeover to keep pace with fast-changing beauty trends
  • Chapter and verse of Houghton Mifflin's radical IT modernization
  • Ocean Spray's CIO not bogged by tradition, moves IT out of the 'back office'
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.