2013 CIO Survival Guide: Brave New World?

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

Another year has come and gone. It seems 2012 brought more uncertainty than expected for most companies: “Taxmageddon”, the Fiscal Cliff and the specter of another recession tend to make organizations a bit skittish about investing in growth initiatives. All these things trickle down to budgets and projects, both of which are near and dear to the heart of the CIO.

From where I sit, 2013 will most likely be another water-treading year for organizations--and CIOs need to be thinking a potential repeat of 2009/10 and another global recession. Below are just a few of my thoughts from my 2010 CIO Survival Guide article.

“More than ever, CIOs need to focus on their business savvy, peer relationships and ability to achieve continuous alignment with business strategies and objectives. In addition, it is imperative that CIOs don’t go off on technology quests that may be too controversial or bleeding edge. While having the latest and greatest might give the CIO bragging rights at conferences and such, it does little to impress leadership teams and business unit executives if core needs aren’t being satisfied.

For 2010, CIOs would be wise to keep their technology powder dry, keep the infrastructure solid and focus on providing solutions that are easily traceable to specific enterprise and business unit objectives. Therefore, new project …

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