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The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership by Martha Heller

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The Future of the CIO Role

In my first few years as a staff writer at CIO magazine, we published a number of articles on the future of the CIO role. My favorite was a cover story on the threat that the emerging CTO position posed to the CIO. CIO magazine has always had the best designers in the business, and for the cover, they designed this creepy-looking creature that peered through a dark, misty haze like a wolf ready to devour its prey.

Well, here I am at it again, prognosticating about what the next few years will hold for the IT executive. And I am not alone. A quick Google search for “the future of the CIO” or “the death of the CIO” brings up pages of articles on similar topics (with loads of comments begging that the debate be put ...

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