At many enterprises, the term CIO is still used in this way. To succeed today, the CIO needs a unique skill set. Where CIOs must prove their business worth is in their ability to address business and management tasks and to go far beyond the infrastructure support that was all they were once known for. The CIO and CTO focus on minimizing cost and maximizing results, in addition, they help to increase the customer and product/service base of the enterprise. CIOs and CTOs will be the focus on ROI improvement of IT – CIOs and CTOs will find new ways to help customers and the organization profit from how data is used while focusing on managing budgets and processes to eliminate or reduce costs. CIOs and CTOs will inspire the enterprise and expand the business impact of IT – CIOs and CTOs will have proven expertise in both business and technical facets of their role. Those changes are depicted in the detail job descriptions that have been created for all of the functions with IT – especially for the CIO and CTO. The table below depicts several of those changes. The Chief Information Officer is accountable for directing the information and data integrity of the enterprise and its groups and for all Information Technology functions of the enterprise. The CIO reviews all computerized and manual systems; information processing equipment and software for acquisition, storage and retrieval; and definition of the strategic direction of all information processing and communication systems and operations. The CIO interacts with the executive management team to monitor and validate the enterprise’s compliance with its security policies, which includes but is not limited to Sarbanes Oxley Section 404. In addition, the CIO works closely with the Chief Security Officer of the enterprise. A full 5 page Chief Information Officer job description can be found by clicking here.
Chief Information Officer