IDG Contributor Network: How CIOs can get truly strategic…and why that matters

CIOs are critical to success at organizational modernization and transformation. However, before CIOs become what Deloitte labeled “business co-creators” or “change instigators,” CIOs must first become strategic. What is involved in doing so? I asked the weekly #CIOChat group for their insights.

What percentage of a CIOs time should be invested in strategy discussions?

As you’d expect, answers vary. Some CIOs simply say as much time as it takes. One CIO volunteered an estimate but insisted they can’t speak for others. They said that they spend approximately 70% of their time working with their CEO and business unit leaders to ensure they have an in-depth understanding of corporate and business unit opportunities. This CIO believes these meetings represent a sanity check to ensure IT is delivering value to business customers.

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