CIO Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing CIO strategy and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    interim CIO (interim chief information officer)

    An interim CIO is an experienced chief information officer employed by a company on a temporary basis to lead or transform its IT organization.

  • intermediary

    In general, an intermediary is a person or service that is involved as a third party between two or more end points in a communication or transaction.

  • Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)

    The IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) is an organization that fosters the growth of advertising on the Internet.

  • intrapreneur (intrapreneurship)

    Intrapreneurs are employees who use entrepreneurial skills and critical thinking to seek out initiatives that could benefit the organization financially.

  • IPO (initial public offering)

  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

    The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique number assigned to a book title by its publisher for tracking and ordering purposes.

  • ISO 20000

    ISO 20000 is a global standard that describes the requirements for an information technology service management (ISM) system. While ISO 20000 was developed to mirror the best practices described within the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)...(Continued)

  • IT asset management (information technology asset management)

    IT asset management (information technology asset management) is a set of business practices for optimizing spending and supporting strategic decision making within the IT environment while also increasing the company-wide understanding of IT's business value.

  • IT blueprint

    An IT blueprint, like an architectural blueprint, is a planning tool or document an information technology organization establishes in order to guide its priorities, projects, budgets, staffing and other IT strategy-related initiatives.

  • IT budget (information technology budget)

    IT budget encompasses the money spent on information technology systems and services. The IT budget, typically overseen by the CIO, includes compensation for IT professionals and expenses for building and maintaining enterprise-wide systems.

  • IT business transformation

    IT business transformation is a thorough or dramatic change in the business processes and technologies a company employs to reach important business goals.

  • IT centralization (information technology centralization)

    IT centralization (information technology centralization) is the act of concentrating an organization's technology resources under a single entity.

  • IT continuity (information technology continuity)

    IT continuity (information technology continuity) is the holistic management of technology systems toward the guarantee that essential business operations will proceed in the event of a major disruption.

  • IT cost structure

    IT cost structure is the relationship of different types of costs within a larger IT budget.

  • IT director (information technology director)

    An IT director (information technology director) is an employee in charge of technology within an organization. IT director is sometimes used interchangeably with CIO but, in the majority of large enterprise organizations, they are two separate positions. The CIO focuses more on technology strategy while the IT director works directly with the technology tools.

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