A curious paradox. We live in a time when one person can no longer be “all things to all men”, and it is generally necessary to specialise to be proficient and efficient but apparently the CIO must wear many hats to survive.
In order for the CIO to continue into the future, what does the “I” stand for?
We all know the traditional “information” label, it has been around for a long time becoming popular in the 1990s but back then was it about information or was it mostly about technology. Certainly when the term “information technology” first occurred it was technology first and foremost. In fact when Harold J. Leavitt and Thomas L. Whisler coined the term in a Harvard Business Review article, they said “The new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology”. It involved processing large amounts of data; applying statistics and maths to aid decision-making; and the simulation of higher-order thinking through computer programs. But was it really information or just data processing?
Graeme Philipson, an IT industry veteran and analyst, in an article on CIO, says “During the mainframe era of the late 1960s, '70s and '80s, organisations typically employed electronic data processing (EDP) managers and data processing (DP) managers.”
Since Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) arrived in the 1990s, data processing has actually become ...continue reading "What is the “I” in CIO?"
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