Friday, March 23, 2007

Carr: Are CIO's Dead Weight?

This item is engaging reading on the function of CIOs. Carr reports on an exchange between Chris Anderson (of "Long Tail" fame) and the CIO community. In the end, Carr observes:
... what’s most interesting is that, once you peel back their rhetorical differences, you find that [Anderson and Koch] are largely in agreement. They both believe that most CIOs serve mainly a control function rather than one of innovation.

That's a big change from the prevailing view about the direction of the CIO job at the dawn of this decade, when it was commonly assumed that the IT department would become the locus of not just IT innovation but business innovation in general.

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