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What advice would you give to a new CIO in his first month on the job. What would you attack first? Would you direct all outside contact through your administrative assistant?

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by NetTek In reply to New CIO

I find it odd that someone could get to be a CIO and then be unsure about what a CIO is supposed to do. Regardless, as someone who has reported directly to CIO's, I can tell you what I liked and disliked about their management styles.

Don't try to be a mover and a shaker. Any new manager shouldn't feel that they need to come in and immediately make changes. Get a feel for the business your in. Analyze the business plan and find out if the present systems and infrastructure that are in place are best suited to support the business plan in the most cost-effective manner.

Get to know the staff that work for you. Are they suited to support your present systems and infrastructure? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Is the company making the most of their talents?

If something goes wrong, it is ultimatley the responsiblity of the CIO. I would also make sure that your house is in order. Is all of your software licensed? Is your license inventory properly maintained? One disgruntled employee can cause major headaches and fines for you should you have licensing violations. Is your hardware inventory up-to-date? Are the warranty and service contract information documented and easily accessible? Not only is that good business practice, but it makes things much easier should you need to make an insurance claim or receive hardware support.

Get a feel for the CFO, and try to establish a good rapport with he or she. Utlimately, should you decide to make changes they willusually cost money, and the CFO usually has the final say. Before presenting any prospective changes, make sure you can document a positive ROI (Return on Investment).

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