Wannabe CIO

By parvez2z ·
Hello Every one

I am SAP Technical Consultant, with 3 Years real time experience. And my current age is 28years. I am holding masters in computer applications and know how on almost all technologies of computers.

My Question :
By the time i turn 32Years i want to see myself as an working CIO though not in a Big MNC, but alteast in a midsize company. Can any one suggest what all the necessary certifications or any extra degress i need to hold. My current work environment is of a supporting and administration of SAP systems. And the certification i am looking forward which can land me into such position is CISA, CISM, ITIL, PMP and doing other modules like CRM, SRM.

Any suggestions provided is highly appreciated.

Thanking in advance.

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Add some business credentials

by Tig2 In reply to Wannabe CIO

The CIO needs business training as much as they need
technical training.

Look for someone in the position that you aspire to and
ask them to mentor you. Interview CIOs of companies
that are similar to the kind of company you want to be in
a leadership role in. Ask them how they got there.
Consider joining professional organizations that align to
your goals. And remember that working your way into
that role will give you insight into what more you need to

Good luck!

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Doch, es geht, aber...

by dawgit In reply to Wannabe CIO

If you're in M?nchen, you <i>should</i> already be reading "Computerwoche". In particular the columns; Menschen, CW-Ticker (Wirtschaft in K?rze), IT-Strategien, IT-Services, and of course, Job & Karriere. (in fact, just read the whole thing.) It's published by IDG Business Media GmbH. Which just happens to be in M?nchen. They also publish a magazine called ?CIO?, which could be real good start. Of course I'm sure that you know CIO is management. And that entails more than just I's and 0's. You'll also have to know those pesky little details concerning Compliance Regulations. Language (spoken) skills are of paramount importance. (that's a hint- Improve your English. It's <i>all</i> in English in the Business World, as well as the IT World.) Since you mentioned ?SAP?, maybe you should consider shooting for CFO. (of course all the above still apply.) If you're truly serious however, You should be working on your Doctor Arbeit, and get you'll need to get something published yourself. (not a requirement, but it will help) Good luck to you, at least you have ambition. -d

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You want alot.

by JamesRL In reply to Wannabe CIO

I've worked directly for a few CIOs.

All of them have had direct experience as a Director - someone who manages department managers. And prior to that they were departmental managers, usually in software development groups.

All of them had degrees in Business - an MBA in most cases.

None of them had CISA, CISM etc.

To be a CIO you have to be able to align your organization with the rest of the business. That includes strategic planning, budgeting etc.

It isn't enough to be a computer wiz kid. CIOs don't code programs or maintain servers, though they are aware of how those functions work. They are comfortable working with Senior Management and the Board of Directors. They can prioritize.

I've never met a 32 year old CIO who didn't start his own company.


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