COMPETENCIES OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO). AN ANALYSIS OF THE FEDERAL US CIO COUNCIL MEMBERS' BACKGROUND

Valentin
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DAMINESCU. This article is trying to answer two main questions: "What should the competencies of a Chief Information Offi cer (CIO) be?"; "Do the persons holding CIO positions have such competencies?". I tried to answer the fi rst question searching into the history and theory of the Information Resources Management. I focused in the beginning on the interdisciplinary roots of the domain which, in my opinion, should be also present in the background of its managers, i.e. CIOs. Usually, the
more » ... ical experience and skills of a CIO are taken for granted, so I wanted to reveal what other competencies a modern CIO should have for being profi cient. There are some myths about what a CIO is, and such as: "CIOs may know about tech, but they fall short on people"; "CIOs live in silos, and are only concerned about their own department's performance"; "CIOs usually earned some kind of techie degree along the way"; "The buck stops here (1), at the CIO's desk, on all tech decisions". I went than and I analyzed the US Federal CIO Council, focusing on the background of its members. By doing this, I wanted to destroy the above myths, and to prove that it is indeed a reality to have CIOs with competencies beyond the technical area, which, by the way, are striving to share their experience to others CIOs to be.
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