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What is a CIO and Why Does a Business Need One?

By Brent Pearson

A CIO is the Chief Information Officer of a company.  The “I” for Information is the same “I” for Information in Information Technology (IT).  The CIO is responsible for everything IT related.  Also, the CIO is part of the executive team and is responsible for helping to define the strategy of the company and then implementing and operating all of the technology aspects required to deliver on the strategy.

The CIO needs to be able to switch seamlessly across three different concerns of the business – the current technical issues, operational functions and the strategic roadmap.  Forrester Research describes these roles as being a soldier, a captain and a general all at the same time.
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