Data assets have become a valuable component to any organization. As the importance of data increases, new positions have been created to manage and oversee data. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) role has been around since the 1980s but over the years the job responsibilities have evolved. Businesses may hire someone full-time to serve in this capacity, however, it’s become increasingly common to hire a qualified candidate through a staffing agency.
Years ago a CIO was primarily responsible for data management. Today, people serving in this role need to be more flexible because they are also typically involved with strategic business planning and determine how technology can be leveraged to create business value. Other tasks CIOs perform include evaluating current IT of the company and making recommendations or changes to improve productivity; investigating current and developing tech trends to determine the best hardware and software to implement to meet organizational needs; assessing vendor proposals and work on related contracts; and monitoring the maintenance of a company’s network and database.
Some organizations want the CIO to perform the same duties a Chief Technology Officer does; it’s common for this title to be interchangeable. What it boils down to is asking yourself the question, "what does your company need?" Education and training requirements to look for in a candidate include:
- A Master of Science in a tech-based field
- Capability of working with new technologies
- Possession of leadership skills
- Ability to manage and maintain comprehensive technology
- Skills to create new system tools to improve business productivity