CIOs: Make or Break the Organization’s Technology?

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Think about the role of the CIO. That person has the power and the influence to make or break a company’s technology base. With the ever-expanding role of technology in business, the IT executive needs to take the role very seriously and avoid making costly mistakes.

The Biggest Mistakes for CIOs to Make

Some CIO mistakes are quite obvious while others are not so in your face. Here are some of the biggest mistakes that CIOs need to avoid at all costs:

  • Adopting technology too fast. There is constant pressure from other departments to bring in new technology. However, CIOs must strike a balance between keeping the organization’s technology running efficiently and keeping the company up to date. Going too fast can disrupt day-to-day operations and stretch limited resources too much.
  • Being a control freak. This can come out in many ways. Micromanaging employees is one way. Not giving subordinates the proper authority is another. A CIO needs to build a team that he or she trusts and then giving that team the authority and trust to do their jobs.
  • Being too tied to one brand. This happens way too often in many companies. The CIO loves to work with IBM, Dell, HP, or another major brand. They likely have long-standing working relationships with that vendor. But, this close tie with a single brand can make the CIO blind to what is in the best interests of the company.
  • Avoiding company politics. Politics are part and parcel of the CIO’s job. IT plays an important role in almost all aspects of business these days. The CIO must be in the center of all technology discussions and must have a strong presence in any projects involving technology.
  • Not emphasizing quality. The CIO leads his team by example. When a CIO does not emphasize providing quality service to end users, the IT staff will not. When a CIO does not emphasize quality assurance practices in software development, the IT staff will not. The CIO must expect quality from everyone in IT, including him or herself.

When CIOs take their role seriously, they can transform a business and lead it easily into the modern technology world. If they start making key mistakes, that transformation role can turn into a nightmare for their subordinates and their internal customers. The choice is in the hands of each CIO to make individually.