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The Executive CIO Role Shapes Digital Technology Leadership

Published: 30 June 2015

ID: G00275424

Analyst(s): John Mahoney, John P. Roberts


The executive CIO — the most advanced CIO role — delivers strategic leadership, vision and execution for the digital enterprise, oversees bimodal styles and addresses outward-facing opportunities, risks and ambiguities. This research outlines how CIOs and IT leaders can develop such characteristics.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Technologies Considered IT Are Expanding
  • The Executive CIO Is Shaping Digital Technology Leadership
  • The Impact of Bimodal IT Is Increasing


  • Build the Executive CIO Role to Shape the Leadership Team for Digital Technology
  • Design the Executive CIO Development Path
  • Adopt the Core Principles of the Executive CIO Role
    • Oversight of All Technology in the Enterprise
    • A Focus on Strategic Digital Issues and Business Outcomes
    • Collaborative Leadership
    • Shared Goals With Other Business Executives
    • Business Trust and Credibility
  • Conclusion

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