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According to The Info-Tech Research Group's job description, available in the IT Downloads library, the CIO's strategic responsibilities include the following areas:
Would the same strategic duties seem appropriate for a Chief Business Technology Officer instead? As Ann All wrote, Forrester Research has made the change to the CBTO title, after the organization's CEO, George Colony, mulled the idea for a couple of years. In some instances, the duties change before the title catches up, but in this instance, at least some of the changes occurred after the switch from CIO to CBTO, according to Colony. He is pleased with several of them, including higher-quality applicants for the position.
Certainly, titles can help attract desirable applicants initially, but the relationship between the organization's goals and supporting processes and strategies are what will keep them around for the long term. In Forrester's case, it appears that the cultural attitude toward the CIO's strategic position shifted before the title did. The real difference comes in the balance between strategic and operational duties within the position.
Does the Info-Tech CIO job description appropriately describe the range of duties your enterprise expects a candidate to address? What percentage of the position would realistically be consumed by operational duties?