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Become a Strategic CIO

Create a personal development plan to take your career to the next level.

  • As a CIO, you are currently operating in a stable and trusted IT environment, but you would like to advance your role to strategic business partner.
  • CIOs are often overlooked as a strategic partner by their peers, and therefore face the challenge of proving they deserve a seat at the table.

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Critical Insight

  • To become a strategic business partner, you must think and act as a business person that works in IT, rather than an IT person that works for the business.
  • Career advancement is not a solo effort. Building relationships with your executive business stakeholders will be critical to becoming a respected business partner.

Impact and Result

  • Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy to accelerate your career and become a strategic business partner. For a CIO to be considered a strategic business partner, he or she must be able to:
    • Act as a business person that works in IT, rather than an IT person that works for the business. This involves meeting executive stakeholder expectations, facilitating innovation, and managing stakeholder relationships.
    • Align IT with the customer. This involves providing business stakeholders with information to support stronger decision making, keeping up with disruptive technologies, and constantly adapting to the ever-changing end-customer needs.
    • Manage talent and change. This involves performing strategic workforce planning, and being actively engaged in identifying opportunities to introduce change in your organization, suggesting ways to improve, and then acting on them.

Become a Strategic CIO Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should become a strategic CIO, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Launch

Analyze strategic CIO competencies and assess business stakeholder satisfaction with IT using Info-Tech's CIO Business Vision Diagnostic and CXO-CIO Alignment Program.

2. Assess

Evaluate strategic CIO competencies and business stakeholder relationships.

3. Plan

Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.

4. Execute

Develop a scorecard to track personal development initiatives.

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Workshop: Become a Strategic CIO

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Assess Competencies & Stakeholder Relationships

The Purpose

  • Gather and review information from business stakeholders.
  • Assess strategic CIO competencies and business stakeholder relationships.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gathered information to create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.
  • Analyzed the information from diagnostics and determined the appropriate next steps.
  • Identified and prioritized strategic CIO competency gaps.
  • Evaluated the power, impact, and support of key business stakeholders.




Conduct CIO Business Vision diagnostic

  • CIO Business Vision results

Conduct CXO-CIO Alignment program

  • CXO-CIO Alignment Program results

Assess CIO competencies

  • CIO competency gaps

Assess business stakeholder relationships

  • Executive Stakeholder Power Map

Module 2: Take Control of Your Personal Development

The Purpose

  • Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.
  • Track your personal development and establish checkpoints to revise initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified personal development and stakeholder engagement initiatives to bridge high priority competency gaps.
  • Identified key performance indicators and benchmarks/targets to track competency development.




Create a personal development plan

  • Personal Development Plan

Create a stakeholder management strategy

  • Stakeholder Management Strategy

Establish key performance indicators and benchmarks/targets

  • Strategic CIO Competency Scorecard

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

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A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

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Get the help you need in this 4-phase advisory process. You'll receive 9 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation 1: Launch
  • Call 1: Analyze competencies
  • Call 2: Assess business stakeholder satisfaction
  • Call 3: Gather information

Guided Implementation 2: Assess
  • Call 1: Evaluate strategic CIO competencies
  • Call 2: Evaluate business stakeholder relationships

Guided Implementation 3: Plan
  • Call 1: Take control of your development
  • Call 2: Manage your stakeholders

Guided Implementation 4: Execute
  • Call 1: Track your development
  • Call 2: Revise & re-evaluate your personal development plan


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