Gartner Research

The Gray Ceiling: Aspiring CIOs Can Advance by Expanding Their Role Outside of IT

Published: 22 September 2008

ID: G00161165

Analyst(s): Diane Berry , Andy Rowsell-Jones


Taking on responsibility for adjacent activities outside of IT, such as planning and business process improvement, is advantageous to the enterprise overall and to the individual. It brings to bear IT disciplines and skills on business problems and helps to develop business acumen.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Expand a Role Outside IT
  • Additional Roles to Target
  • What to Look for From an Expanded Role

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