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Strategic Business IT and How To Become a Strategic CIO

By kgaamangwe ·
My name is Kgotso Gaamangwe a Citizen of Botswana.

I am a graduate engineer: Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I completed it in Dec 1997.

Since then I have worked for the national Telco Botswana Telecommunications Corporation from Feb 1, 1998 till Feb 28, 1999 as a Graduate Data Communications Engineer.(Wide Area Managed Data Network)

From the 5th of March 1999 till 31st October 2006, I was with Debswana Diamond Company doing IT Technical Support (Graduate Trainee), Mining Systems and Network Administration.

Since March 1, 2007 to date i.e.30 Jan, 2010. I have been working as an ICT Network Manager for the Southern African Development Community(SADC) Secretariat.(

During my career stint with Debswana I realized that technical people do not easily end up in the Corporate Executive Board Room especially , very technically smart people.

I have have since completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Business IT, awarded by NCC Education in January 2010. I am currently pursuing an Msc in Strategic Business and Infor Systems with Dissertation submission on the 27th April 2011 the only remaining thing.

1) To land a strategic plumb job as a Strategic Manager of any kind, in any environment (Strategic CIO, would be a bonus).
2) Used the Msc knowledge to run my ISP since I will now be both technically well rounded and strategic business savvy at the end of my employment contract.

1)What formal qualification are required for strategic and business savvy CIO's?

2)What mentorship and growth mechanisms should organizations have in place to develop potential Strategic CIO's of tomorrow ?

Looking forward to your feeback ! :-)



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