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The Big Shift in IT Leadership: How Great CIOs Leverage the Power of Technology for Strategic Business Growth in the Customer-Centric Economy by Hunter Muller

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Preface

There's no question that IT has reached a tipping point. The sense of change is undeniable. Everywhere you look, the signs all point toward the largest and most significant transformation since the dawn of IT.

Naturally, chief information officers (CIOs) are at the eye of the storm. And that's where they should be—at the center of the action. No top executive is better suited to understand the epic scope of the transformation; no other executive has the skill, experience, knowledge, and temperament required for these turbulent times.

The C-suite rightly looks to the CIO for guidance. My advice to the CIO is simple: Be ready to lead. Your leadership is required, and it is absolutely necessary.

I've been researching this book for two years, and it's been quite an educational process. I've learned that some of what I knew is still valid and valuable. I've also learned to shed some of my older beliefs and to embrace newer ideas that resonate with greater potential. Like most of us, I am keenly aware that as the modern enterprise becomes more open and more customer-centric, the risk of cyber attacks increases. That awareness shouldn't lead us to a place of fatalistic complacency or acceptance. Yes, we must be mindful of the threats we face. But we must be steadfastly determined to provide the safeguards and strategies necessary for competing successfully in spite of the dangers.

Over the course of conducting interviews for the book, many incredibly valuable insights emerged. ...

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