IT as business asset focus for CIO

A new magazine launches here in June with the aim of helping organisations manage information technology as a strategic business asset. CIO - the term stands for "chief information officer" - is written for people whose role, whatever their job title, is to bridge the gap between the aims of a business and the technology employed to achieve them.

A new magazine launches here in June with the aim of helping organisations manage information technology as a strategic business asset.

CIO — the term stands for “chief information officer” — is written for people whose role, whatever their job title, is to bridge the gap between the aims of a business and the technology employed to achieve them.

“These people have to be business and technology strategists, coaches, advocates, team builders and communicators up and down the organisation, constantly striving to ensure that technology initiatives mesh with business goals to deliver on IT’s promise. It’s a big job and CIO magazine is here to help them tackle it,” says CIO editor-designate Don Hill.

Hill is well qualified to do that. With 10 years in the hot seat as editor of Computerworld, he’s seen the need for this role to evolve as information technology has moved, often painfully, closer to the business core.

He’s witnessed both the successes of those who’ve got it right and the severe consequences for those who’ve failed to properly integrate IT.

“Often the difference is simply in how widely the company has embraced IT, from the boardroom to the backroom, and from the early planning right through to the ultimate execution. But doing this takes a special kind of leadership. CIO magazine is a resource for those leaders, helping them to get information technology on to the agenda from day one and to keep it there, at the highest levels,” he says.

CIO New Zealand follows the lead of its successful US sister publication of the same name which has been instrumental in bringing recognition to this important role. It will be a source of best practice and cutting-edge management thinking and will draw on both leading local writers and the editorial resources of IDG’s global family of CIO publications.

“The launch of CIO here signals that IT now plays the same central role in New Zealand’s most successful organisations,” says IDG Communications’ publisher, Martin Taylor. IDG also publishes Computerworld.

The first issue of CIO will be out in late June and it will be published monthly.

You can reserve a complimentary copy of the first issue by calling IDG’s subscription hotline on 0800 IDGSUB (0800 434 782).

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