IT Futurist: Innovation can save the CIO profession

Thornton May thinks that most CIOs are a little too rusty on their human-to-human skills -- and he should know. The IT futurist and speaker at last summer's CIO Conference is a former CIO himself, and he currently spends much of his time working with, lecturing, interviewing and writing about other CIOs. May, who among other things is currently serving as executive director and dean of the IT Leadership Academy, an IT think tank and studies program at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, believes that the CIO profession is in danger. He says the big problem is that CIOs are largely seen as obstacles to – rather than pioneers of – innovation in the enterprise. Worst of all, he believes it's their own fault. In this interview with SearchCIO.com, May discusses these growing problems, and ultimately reveals that there is hope for the future.

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