At a recent CIO Perspectives conference, I sat in on an interesting session. On stage three CIOs debated the topic of reporting relationships. The crux of their discussion: should a CIO report to the CEO or the CFO?
The consensus seemed to be that it is much better for a CIO to report directly to the CEO (or COO). At companies where the CIO reports to the CEO, information technology is viewed as an investment. No one argued for a reporting relationship to the CFO because panellists claimed those companies that have one see IT as a cost to be managed, curtailed or cut.
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