HPE Business Insights
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 

How CIOs can overcome contradictory demands

Alec_Wagner on ‎05-16-2013 06:00 AM

We’ve just posted a new story on the main Discover Performance site that looks at one of the biggest challenges a CIO faces—the completely conflicting demands of the job. Recruiter Martha Heller has written a new book, “The CIO Paradox,” so we talked to her about what today’s IT leader is up against.

 

Heller’s book details 11 common paradoxes, probably the most obvious being the maintenance-innovation challenge: keeping legacy apps and infrastructure at their best, yet also innovating, delivering new apps and services, and doing it all faster than ever before.  And Heller tells us that the latest tech trends are not helping that problem:

“One CIO told me, ‘Just when I finish deploying mobile phones and laptops, here I am dealing with another wave of consumer technology in tablets and smartphones,’ ” she says. 

 

The book is not a ginned-up “6 Secret Steps to Excellence” prescription, but a more thoughtful look at how other CIOs have beaten these apparent Catch 22s. It’s meant to inspire IT leaders to find the routes to success that work with their own challenges and organizations rather than getting the entire IT world marching to the same simple beat.  Check out the interview here, and from there, take a look at the book.

0 Kudos
About the Author

Alec_Wagner

Alec Wagner is a longtime writer & editor, enterprise IT insider, and (generally) fearless digital nomad.

Leave a Comment

We encourage you to share your comments on this post. Comments are moderated and will be reviewed
and posted as promptly as possible during regular business hours

To ensure your comment is published, be sure to follow the Community Guidelines.

Be sure to enter a unique name. You can't reuse a name that's already in use.
Be sure to enter a unique email address. You can't reuse an email address that's already in use.
Type the characters you see in the picture above.Type the words you hear.
Labels
Events
Aug 29 - Sep 1
Boston, MA
HPE Big Data Conference 2016
Attend HPE’s Big Data Conference to learn from peers in every industry and hear from Big Data experts and thought leaders in an exciting, energy fille...
Read more
Sep 13-16
National Harbor, MD
HPE Protect 2016
Protect 2016 is our annual conference and is the place to meet the world’s top information security talent, discuss new products and share information...
Read more
View all