The role of a CIO means handling a wide range of responsibilities and there are a number of skills worth having - both strategic and technical - that will help you get promoted to the coveted position.
Read on for some essential tips to help those interested in becoming a CIO.
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June 12, 2018
6. Start with the basics
Like any role it requires time, dedication and hard work to help you progress to the next stage of your career. Making yourself known by developing your skills, attending networking events and gaining valuable experience can ensure you are on track to the best of your ability.
According to Harvey Nash, Big Data and analytics remain the most in-demand IT skills for CIOs in 2018. England and Wales Cricket Board, Amnesty International,
Imperial College London and Trainline are just some of the organisations that are using Big Data and analytics to meet the latest technology developments.
Imperial College London CIO Mike Russell told
CIO UK: "Be clear about what you are trying to achieve. You don't have to be innovative or exciting on everything you do but you have to be good at doing the basics.” Also see the best books for CIOs, all offering advice on leadership, business transformation and the CIO role itself.
27. Take risks
Taking risks as a CIO can make you stand out and present yourself a leader. CIOs should challenge themselves by making executive decisions, leading group presentations and stepping outside of their comfort zone. This will help you learn from your mistakes while providing new opportunities to move the business forward.
According to recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash, 64% of CIOs agree that IT is becoming more unpredictable due to changing priorities and growing customer demands.
Global Radio, Royal Society of Chemistry, Belron and the Financial Times are all experimenting with digital technology to help transform their business strategies.
Belron CIO and Digital Officer Nick Burton told us at the CIO Summit: "Don’t be afraid of putting your neck out when you see something that could really make a difference to your business or an approach to something that is really transformative. Be prepared to stick your neck out and say this is something we need to experiment with."