Future Role of the CIO?

What will be the future role of the CIO in the next few years? Will the role still be relevant or will it become extinct? These are questions that many current CIOs ask themselves and future CIOs question.

The world is changing. There are days when it seems to be changing by the minute. The role of CIO has always been a position that has been questioned in corporate America. No one cares when the CIO is dismissed from a firm; a company’s stock does not change. So what does our future hold for us?

Here are some of my predictions:

  1. The CIO role could evolve into a process and management role dealing with cloud computing, massive amounts of data, and virtualization.
  2. The CIO role could evolve to leverage and keep information in real time.
  3. The CIO role could evolve to constantly assess the risk of providing the information that a company desires.
  4. The CIO role could evolve to become a chief innovation officer to serve as a strategic leader working to optimize the use of technology and develop innovative ways to use this information to support the business.
  5. The CIO role could evolve to become a chief process officer that will understand business processes and information flows.
  6. The CIO role could merge into the COO role.

It is obvious, that whatever the future holds for the role of the CIO we will need to play a larger role inside enterprises and assume broader responsibilities in business and become business leaders.

What are your predictions for the future of the chief information officer?

Other Articles about the future of the CIO:

  1. Introducing the New CIO by Bob Raffo
  2. Will the CIO role be obsolete? – chief information officer by C.J. Price
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