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How important is it for CIOs to speak the language of the business?

It's a critical competency.  As CIO you need to understand and anticipate business needs and requirements, propose solutions, and discuss with your peers, board members, and key stakeholders.  If you cannot do that, then you will not succeed as CIO.

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It's a critical competency.  As CIO you need to understand and anticipate business needs and requirements, propose solutions, and discuss with your peers, board members, and key stakeholders.  If you cannot do that, then you will not succeed as CIO.
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In the last seven years I've been helping CIOs of different companies with IT effectiveness and how they should communicate their strategies to the board. For all of us who run technology as a function, the dialogue should not be about technology, but how technology can help the business. I have been a little fortunate in that I was able to simplify the dialogue in English, rather than talk about anything with respect to technology. In fact, a business newspaper once featured me as a CIO who never spoke technology. And it helped me to the extent that I never had a conversation with any of my peers—CxOs or CEOs—about which solution to implement, whether that be the cloud or outsourcing my data center. They didn't care, because for them it was about the cost of running IT either at a unit level or as a percentage of revenue. They want to know how I am contributing to the top line or to the bottom line—am I keeping my customers happy? Am I keeping my employees enabled with technology so that they can run the business better? 
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Anonymous Author
Vital. If a CIO is not understood, they will never get the buy in necessary to drive the business forward.
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Anonymous Author
Agree that this is imperative.
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Anonymous Author
Its important skill for the CIOs to build the relationships with C-suite
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Anonymous Author
Essential
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Anonymous Author
Essential and critical
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Anonymous Author
Top importance!
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Anonymous Author
It's crucial
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