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Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social, and Cloud-based World, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Essential reading for IT professionals with aspirations toward the top IT spot, and for sitting CIOs looking to refine their mobile, social and cloud strategies and knowledge

The definitive work on how to achieve leadership success in IT, Straight to the Top, Second Edition reveals how the role of the CIO is changing due to major trends associated with consumer and enterprise products and technologies driving new mobile solutions in today's organizations; cloud computing and the move away from controlled / internally managed data centers to pay as you use and elastic cloud infrastructure and application services; and the impact social media is having on today's complex organizations.

Author Gregory S. Smith expertly coaches existing and aspiring CIOs on building the requisite skills through his observations and experience as a veteran CIO with more than twenty-five years of experience leading IT teams and delivering complex technical solutions in the information technology field.

  • An invaluable guide to help information technology and business professionals recognize the qualities, skills, and expertise necessary to attain the role of a CIO or enhance the skills for sitting CIOs

  • Equips IT managers, CIOs, and CTOs to strategically plan their career moves

  • Packed with encouragement, advice, and essential skills for aspiring and sitting CIOs

  • Features interviews with leading IT professionals, CIOs, and executive recruiting professionals

Providing an organized and comprehensive view of the CIO job and its important role in modern organizations, Straight to the Top, Second Edition equips sitting CIOs and CIO candidates with the strategies and knowledge necessary to be successful in the new business normal - a mobile, social and cloud-based world, and how to provide technology leadership as a world-class CIO.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
    1. The Target Audience
    2. The Approach
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Part One: Key Change Drivers and Trends Impacting the CIO Role Today
    1. Chapter 1: Why the Role of the CIO Continues to Change
      1. The State of the CIO
      2. How Important Are Core Technology Skills?
      3. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      4. Recommendations
      5. Notes
    2. Chapter 2: Technologies and Trends Driving Today's IT Innovation
      1. Follow the Money
      2. The Major Technology Trends Driving Change
      3. Predictions for the Future
      4. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      5. Recommendations
      6. Notes
    3. Chapter 3: IT Standards and Governance and the Impact of Consumer Devices
      1. IT Governance and Its Benefits
      2. How IT Trends Affect IT Governance
      3. Portfolio Management of IT
      4. The IT Strategic Plan
      5. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      6. Recommendations
      7. Notes
    4. Chapter 4: Service Level Agreements
      1. Service in the Age of the Customer
      2. Service Level Agreements
      3. Annual Staff and Customer Surveys
      4. Vendor Scorecarding
      5. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      6. Recommendations
      7. Notes
    5. Chapter 5: Today's CIO
      1. Gaps in Expectations between CIOs and CEOs and Other C-Level Executives
      2. Educating the C-Suite
      3. Creating a High-Performing IT Team through Education
      4. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      5. Recommendations
      6. Notes
  9. Part Two: The Modern-Day CIO
    1. Chapter 6: What Executive Recruiters Are Looking for, from Consulting Experience to Leadership Skills
      1. How to Get Noticed
      2. Leading Generation Y and Mentoring
      3. Tomorrow's Leadership Skills
      4. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      5. Recommendations
      6. Notes
    2. Chapter 7: Cloud Computing Strategies and Risks
      1. A Cloud Computing Overview
      2. Growth Trends and Costs
      3. The Security and Risks of Cloud Computing
      4. Integrating with the Cloud
      5. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      6. Recommendations
      7. Notes
    3. Chapter 8: The Consumerization of IT
      1. Consumer Devices Permeate the Corporate World
      2. Growth Trends for Mobile Computing
      3. Increasing Costs and Security
      4. Mobile Device Management
      5. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      6. Recommendations
      7. Notes
    4. Chapter 9: Social Media Changes Everything
      1. Social Media Categories
      2. Social Media Titans
      3. Social Media Are the World's Reporters
      4. Businesses Using Social Media
      5. The Risks of Social Media
      6. Facebook Fatigue?
      7. What's Next in Social Media
      8. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      9. Recommendations
      10. Notes
    5. Chapter 10: What's after the CIO Role?
      1. Career Next Steps
      2. What Did I Do to Prepare?
      3. Recommendations
      4. Conclusion
      5. Notes
  10. About the Author
  11. Index