A systemic problem that was recognized by the Fed-CIO council many ??? many years ago.
The demise of the CIO was set in motion from the start by the shortcomings within the Clinger-Cohen Act ant the failure of our Academic institutions to fully integrate the position into their MBA studies. Most Grad students are clueless as to where the CIO fits into an organizational structure and what role they will have, other than being the senior techie. Over the years, this has led to the CIO not being considered a serious player at the executive table or even have a seat at the table. This is due to the perception that they have no knowledge about the Business or its strategic needs. Business processes are owned by the Business unit, not the CIO. However. The CIO is responsible and accountable for automating those processes. Most Business units/cost centers are structured in the old manner of position level equating to scope of responsibility (read as number of subordinates) and serious automation is seen as a threat that will lower ones position within the Org/structure. This has resulted in the current fiasco where no one really knows where the CIO really fits in and just what level of accountability, responsibility, or authority for strategic business processesthey should have, if any.
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