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CIOs more important than CEOs in driving business transformation, says Forrester

Matthew Finnegan | June 12, 2013
Forrester's CIO Summit is taking place this week in London.

'Change consultants', around 10 percent of CIOs, have extensive experience in advising and consulting on the business transformation process, having been involved in projects in the past, and are able to implement templates, best practices and learning from other companies.

Less common are 'transformation leaders', which are given the responsibility to lead the transformation themselves, ensuring effective resource application, funding and progress tracking, and reporting directly to the CEO. This CIO role is relatively uncommon, Cecere pointed out, accounting for between 5 and 10 percent.

However he said that CIOs do no neatly fit into each of these categories, and their role often has elements of each, with the 'soldier' type sometimes being called up to lead a project due when there are requirements around data or security in the implementation of a system.


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