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CIO relationships with executives and CIO roles will need to change if IT is to remain relevant in a disruptive and agile environment.


  • Non-IT executives are taking responsibility for technology-related initiatives, and they have the IT budget to do so. This causes role and responsibility conflicts with CIOs, who face difficult conversations with C-Suite executives if they are to remain relevant in the front office.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the importance of CIOs adopting a new role and relationship parameters in a disruptive and agile environment
  • Understand that CIOs will learn the key elements that they need to address in their relationships with other executives.

Key questions answered

  • How should CIOs cope with changing demands in a disruptive environment?
  • What elements of their relationships with other executives should the CIO address in order to remain relevant to front-office technology?
  • Who owns the budget when non-IT executives undertake technology initiatives?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Disruption and agility threatens uncommitted CIOs
  • CIO relationships in a disruptive, agile, and uncertain environment
  • Creating a new relationship based on partnership


  • Further reading
  • Author

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