Tactical Plan – As CIO Do You Have One?

Having a game plan when entering any organization will help you quickly improve productivity and show strategic value. You will be able to focus more on core business issues, rather than operational disruptions.

Here are 6 items that should be include in any CIO tactical plan:

  1. Assess – Assess your company’s current IT architecture to determine its state as-is. Familiarize yourself with the existing environment to understand the current issues and architecture.
  2. Locate – Locate where the problems are, understand the issues, and if something is broken identify solutions.
  3. Determine – Determine current and future business requirements for the IT organization. Understand expectations. Expectations will be driven by your company’s corporate goals and visions. Know what the priorities are.
  4. Evaluate – Evaluate the possibilities for the target environment, based on your company’s business objectives and needs. The initial analysis should be broad and unconstrained; the goal is to define a long-range plan that will be constrained.
  5. Analyze – Conduct an analysis of the gap between the current state and future state to determine the optimal future environment.
  6. Present – Present your management team with alternative approaches for transforming the IT environment. These alternatives must be stated in business terms and specify the ways in which they will enable the company to accomplish its goals, such as increasing revenue, improving productivity, or improving customer satisfaction.

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