Most Effective Cio's Strategy for Strategic It Planning

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ITM580: Strategic Planning for IT 1

"Most effective CIO's strategy for strategic IT planning"
Linwood D. Spears

Dr. Alicia Iriberri

ITM580: Strategic Planning for IT
June 19, 2010

ITM580: Strategic Planning for IT 2
"Most effective CIO's strategy for strategic IT planning"
This paper will discuss the most effective CIO’s strategy for strategic IT planning. This paper will also address the expectations of a successful CIO. The chief information officer (CIO), or information technology (IT) director, is a job title commonly given to the most senior executive in an enterprise responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support enterprise goals. The CIO typically reports to the chief executive officer, chief operations officer or chief financial officer. In military organizations, they report to the commanding officer. The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 created the Chief Information Officer position and assigns to the CIO these responsibilities: 1. Provide advice and assistance to senior managers on IT acquisition and management; 2. Develop, maintain, and facilitate implementation of a sound and integrated IT architecture; 3. Promote effective and efficient design and operation of all major IRM processes for the agency, including improvements to work processes. Information technology and its systems have become so important that the CIO has come to be viewed in many organizations as the key contributor in formulating strategic goals for an organization. The CIO manages the implementation of the useful technology to increase information accessibility and integrated systems management. As a comparison, where the CIO adapts systems through the use of existing technologies, chief technology officer develops new technologies to expand corporate technological capabilities. When both positions are present in an organization, the CIO ITM580: Strategic Planning for IT 3

is generally responsible for processes and...
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