NCC maps the route to CIO

New guidelines released by the National Computing Centre outline what IT professionals need to do if they want to become chief...

New guidelines released by the National Computing Centre outline what IT professionals need to do if they want to become chief information officers, writes Paul Donovan.

The role of chief information officer is commonplace in the US, where it conveys a position of greater gravitas, combining IT expertise with managerial skills. In the UK the present equivalent role is the more narrowly defined head of IS or IT.

NCC chief executive John Perkins believes that as the UK IT industry matures there will be an increasing demand for good all-round business skills. "Technological competence will always be important up to a point, but the day-to-day management of IT infrastructure and operations is becoming less important than managing a team, hiring and firing, directing long-term IS strategy and dealing with business issues," he said.

Entitled The Changing Role of the IS Professional the guidelines incorporate a survey of NCC members and other recent surveys from around the world.

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