CIO responsibilities

CIO Responsibilities

CIO responsibilities – The Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) traditional responsibilities has been expanded to be have major value added component. There are seven (7) responsibilities the CIO and CTO have are:

  1. Strategy and Planning
  2. Control
  3. Service
  4. Risk Management
  5. Business Processes
  6. Strategic IT Initiatives
  7. Enterprise Infrastructure and Applications

Chief Information Officer – Chief Technology Officer

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The traditional roles include the following:

  • Define, update, and Implement IT Strategy
  • Manage IT across the enterprise
  • Align IT team with enterprise performance objectives
  • Control performance objectives
  • Control overall technology budget
  • Acquire software/hardware
  • Select, manage, and control IT providers
  • Align IT risk management with IT productive objectives
  • Defer to enterprise operational requirements
  • Follow IT System Development Methodology (SDM)
  • Plan and manage strategic IT initiatives
  • Manage application portfolio
  • Manage IT projects
  • Define standards and architecture
  • Coordinate (consolidate) IT processes across the enterprise

The value added r0les include:

  • Align IT objectives and programs to enterprise objectives and strategies
  • Coordinate IT across the enterprise
  • Define metrics based on overall business objectives
  • Report performance status
  • Coordinate overall technology budget
  • Maximize mix of in house versus outsourced services
  • Establish strategic service provider partnerships
  • Align IT risk management with enterprise-wide risk management
  • Optimize and design enterprise process
  • Define and adjust IT standards and technologies
  • Shift decisions to enterprise operations
  • Include business process executive in IT governance
  • Optimize cost of services through a mix of internal and external sources
  • Coordinate security and compliance

The table below summarizes the roles by area of responsibility

Cio Role


Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.