Unlocking the Performance of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Review

The one thing that bothered me about this article is that it seemed there were a lot spelling errors and IT jargon for example “A second challenge is demonstrating and proving value from IT spend.” (page 18) The author mentions this and goes into some detail, but is he focusing on time spent, money spent, or both? There were some other capitalized first letters in words that I started to notice and it got to the point that I did not even want to finish the rest of the article despite the Works Cited page at the end.

Besides some of the grammatical issues, I do believe it is important for a CIO to work very closely with the other business units on implementing a new project and vice versa. Some of the examples in the text explained that there was a project already struggling to be finished and the IT department and CIO were brought in to late and the project ending up being slowed or failing because IT was not brought in early enough. I believe if you bring in the IT department in your company as soon as possible for a new project, things can go a lot smoother than with bringing them in late in the project.

On campus, sometimes a department will purchase a printer or device that they just spent a few hundred dollars, if not more, and they will then contact IT and it is nothing something that we can setup or support because of compatibility.  If they would have contacted us prior to the purchase, we possibly could have saved the department money and offered them an alternative solution. Now if this was a major project that costed thousands of dollars, this would be a major setback for the department if they would have notified us late in the project.

Overall, I believe it is important to have a good synergy between the IT department and other business units in a company. This can drive the company to have a better competitive advantage in the industry and major projects could go smoother and cost less.

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