The Great CIO Upheaval of 2013

The joke in the industry is that CIO stands for career is over, not for chief information officer.     Not really true.    CIOs have different capabilities and do vastly different jobs.

In larger companies CIOs take on more strategic roles.    They focus on what the company needs to do around IT, and how the company should evolve over time.   In smaller companies the CIOs are more tactical thinkers, focusing on how things should get done.

In 2013 cloud computing will be entering into the picture for most companies, and the CIOs will be charged to make it work.    These demands are typically not coming from the CIOs, but from the CEOs and boards of directors that have fallen in love with the hype.

While many CIOs will indeed find the proper place for cloud computing, I suspect that most CIOs will struggle with this technology.     They will struggle not because cloud computing so new and complex.   The true problem is that they are dealing with such an awful internal mess that adding another component to that mess serves as another straw on a camel’s back.

Thus, I expect many cloud implementations to fail in 2013.   This will be largely due to existing internal issues, such as lacking a proper integration, security, governance, and architecture strategy.

The CIOs will get the blame for the failures, and in many cases the CIOs will be replaced.   While this will be blamed on the cloud computing failures in most cases, the true failure was made many years ago.     It just caught up to them.