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CIOs learning to juggle business growth strategies with technology

You start spending enough time around CIOs and you can really feel the changes swirling around them.

On the one hand, CIOs and senior IT executives must drive business growth strategies through technology. On the other hand, they are being asked to do more in areas that have nothing to do with technology.

I spoke recently with Mark McDonald, group vice president for Gartner Executive Programs. He puts the CIO second only to the CEO as the center for innovation and “amplification.”

George Westerman, a research scientist at the Cambridge, Mass.-based MIT Center for Digital Business, told SearchCIO.com’s Christina Torode, “I’ve seen a CIO take over the HR function and the cafeteria functions.”

Helping sort through this is a new columnist coming to our sites: Harvey Koeppel, executive director for the Center for CIO Leadership. He will define “the drivers of the dramatic changes that we are seeing from both business and technology perspectives … [and] what leaders should be focused on to ensure that their investments are returning maximum value and creating increased competitive advantage.”

We welcome his unique point of view as a former CIO (of Citigroup) and thought leader for the Center for CIO Leadership. And more than ever, we welcome your input and comments on your experiences as a CIO and how you are adapting to the new rules of business and technology. Please write me at spetersen@techtarget.com.

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