Francis Wilkin, senior director at Spencer Stuart, describes the qualities of a good CIO:
The CIO, I believe, is a modern-day alchemist. His task is to take the base technology created by high-tech companies (for example; Microsoft, Oracle, Apple), and transform that technology into a business advantage (not, create a new application server). To accomplish this goal, requires knowledge of business and technology -- integrated thinking. In fact, it’s the ability to combine business and technology elements that enables innovative design.
What’s more, when you think far and wide about your business, you begin to understand where to position options within your technology tapestry.
In the Mobile Doughnut Theater post, we discussed how marketing and options can be used to create business advantage.