Chief Information Officers

It's the job of the chief information officer (CIO) to find a way to straddle the wall between business and technology. Although they're up to date on cutting-edge information technology, today's CIOs must know their way around the company's business as well as any other high-level manager. According to a member survey by the Society for Information Management, CIOs spent 77 percent of their time on non-technical issues such as operations, relationship management with business units and vendors, and strategy. This emphasis on business means CIOs attend strategy sessions and management meetings, in addition to meeting with computer professionals and other members of the technical staff. Using their combined business and technical know-how, CIOs usually oversee the selection and implementation of their company's information systems—from e-mail programs, to systems that collect massive amounts of data from customers, to IT security, to cloud computing applications, to corporation-wide intranets.

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