Conclusion:Bring It All Together

We began this book by asserting that CIOs today are at a crossroads and must choose for themselves which path to follow: to become new CIO leaders or chief technology mechanics. We wish there were other options, but the state of the world today doesn’t offer any other choices. Simply maintaining the status quo—focusing on managing request queues, keeping as large an IS organization as possible, being wowed by emerging technology, and operating IS divorced from business goals and specific business benefits—is itself a choice to follow the path to enterprise irrelevance.

For those CIOs who aspire to more, to being integral parts of their enterprise leadership team, to having a valued and respected seat at ...

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