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22 September 2016

[email protected]: The evolution of the CIO

Computer Weekly might be celebrating its half-century this year, but the CIO role is much younger. As computers started to become commonplace in major organisations through the 1970s and 1980s, companies started employing IT professionals to help make the most of mainframe machines. Technology management evolved slowly at first, with pioneering CIOs – some of who are featured in this article – starting to take on key positions in big businesses through the 1980s. By the mid-to-late 1990s, the IT director or CIO role was a more commonly held position in major companies. Yet the major changes associated with the role were still to come. Over the years, the CIO moved from being an operationally focused specialist to an outwardly engaged executive. The pace of that transition increased commensurately with demands for new technology. As the impact of the internet and consumer IT affected the use of technology in major enterprises, the role of the CIO continued to change. Today, great CIOs are a key component of the teams that lead ...

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