Welcoming IT to the table: Incorporating the CIO into management

By Dawn Willis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2003

For the human resources professional, the information technology world has likely been a confusing one over the past decade or so, especially when it comes to the role of the Chief Information Officer. There has been confusion over the CIO position and how it relates to the organization’s management.

Until recently, the CIO has been the “techie,” a professional specifically in charge of technology and data. In many cases, the CIO worked his way up through the IT department, emerging as an expert in the technology and data requirements of the business. The CIO was in charge of technology but did not necessarily have input or insight into management functions — this is changing.

Increasingly, the CIO must understand the rules of business and offer management expertise to help make the company’s strategies a reality using technology as a tool.