Analysts Discuss Key Issues Facing CIOs at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2011, November 7-10, in Barcelona, Spain
As CIOs increase their interactions with the board of directors, it is vital that they improve their knowledge of this unique and independent audience, according to Gartner, Inc. Only 16 percent of board directors have any IT background or experience, so CIOs need to treat the board as one of their most valued customers if they are to improve their overall ability to work with the board of directors.
"The board of directors is an entity that has little IT experience or time to dedicate to the business of the corporation, and whose attentions can be divided among other companies. Nevertheless, it is the highest authority in the management of the organization," said Jorge Lopez, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "To better prepare CIOs for the time when they will have to present to the board of directors, or to improve what they are doing with the board now, they'll need to know some vital information about the board of directors in order to build an effective bridge to it."
Gartner has identified seven areas that CIOs must understand and act upon in order to effectively work with the board:
"The bottom line is that CIOs must learn to treat their board of directors as they would treat their customers," said Mr. Lopez. "They need to get to know the members and their priorities, and make certain that they have the plans in place to meet board-level expectations."
Additional information is available in the Gartner report "CIO Advisory: Seven Things the CIO Must Know About the Board of Directors" at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1771516.
Mr. Lopez will provide additional analysis on how the CIO can build the relationship with the board of directors during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2011 taking place November 7-10 in Barcelona.
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