The CIO role has clearly changed over the last several years. On average, CIOs are younger, more diverse and less focused on developing things. Given this, I thought it was time to get a fresh view of their information technology priorities.
CIOs say there should only be a direct correlation—100 percent alignment. One of CIO even said to me that this question is a layup. IT organization, CIOs say, need to function just like other business departments but differently IT’s priorities should be an aggregate of all businesses priorities.
Some CIOs even believe that alignment is not a good enough goal. These CIOs claim the modern CIO’s business is the enterprise’s collective businesses. They feel as well that CIOs should have their fingers into them. Clearly, business priorities often rely on invisible technologies, so these CIOs say it is essential that effort is made to be transparent regarding how IT initiatives connect to business priorities.