re: CIO Role In 2013: Four-Headed Monster?
Although I feel it is a 5 headed dragon with the role of a CTO in the mix, the true nature of the job has always been to supply what the business needs are in the future. If this role is still working on the tactical problems of today, it has lost the race at the starting gate. It is my premise that the ordinary CIO role of budget management, OH cost cutting king, and champion of the helpdesk customer service team, is gone. Yes we must do the lights on requirements, but we must now be the incrementally improving organization that improves the business climate of the future.
How, by building both a strategic plan, and an execution plan, that finds its roots in the business unit they serve be it small company or large.
My advice would be that a strategic plan built in a vacuum sucks little or no business into it, but a plan that is born from the business units stands upon the unit it was built from. This may result in a very strategic unit plan that the business can then prioritize more proactively.