"Today's and tomorrow's CIO must lead like a CEO, analyze like a CFO and execute like a COO. It's the hardest job in a large organization." --Gartner EXP Vice President Jose Ruggero.
Gartner recently completed a global survey of higher education CIOs and their bosses. The full report "Higher Education CIO Characteristics: Does 'CIO' Mean 'Career Is Over?' by Jan-Martin Lowendahl, Michael Zastrocky, and Marti Harris is now available to Gartner subscribers (25 January, 2008: ID Number: G0015380).
With a few exceptions most of the key findings are not a surprise. A common misconception, namely that CIOs have a short tenure, is apparently refuted by the study. "Our data (see Figure 1) shows that the great majority, more than 65%, of CIOs have been in their positions for more than five years." The report goes on to note that there is no difference in the CIO's longevity compared with other executive-level positions. "On the contrary, the data even suggests that CIOs seem more senior than their bosses."
The report's key recommendation is that higher education CIOs must continue to strive to expand their role from being a professional technology provider to becoming a full business partner.