What's more important for a CIO to have? Technical background or business background

Techical background69%

Business background31%


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Assistant Director IT Auditor in Education, 10,001+ employees
Both technical and business is important, but technical background is more important, as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) you better know technology.
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VP of Global IT and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, 501 - 1,000 employees

Technical, in the C-suite the business background is usually covered well, but the technical aspects not as much.

Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
WADR. it is not one or the other. A CIO to be successful, needs both.
Chief Information Officer in Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees
You have to have both, Technical to understand your team and speak to them on their terms, but business minded to translate the technical jargon into business sense. You also have to be more strategic in your role as the CIO
Senior Director, Defense Programs in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
CIOs mean a lot of different things, so industry and levels matter, no wrong answers here.

For me though, any c suite leader needs to bring a lot to the table - technical excellence, business acumen, and much more.

I think the one missing from more CIOs is the business background or understanding. They must lead the business, and fewer know how to do this as well as they do run the technical aspects. Invest in bringing more to the role!

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