Many IT professionals see themselves as chief information officers (CIOs) in the making, but how should they go about realising this ambition, and what, for that matter, does the role require anyway? The trouble budding CIOs face is that there is no clear career path in terms of either education or experience, compared with high-profile positions in disciplines such as law or medicine.
I think there are two ways to approach the journey to CIO. There's the formal education approach, but rather than go down that track, I've had experience around different parts of the business. I like delivering, I like doing stuff and I've been fortunate to grow in organisations and move around them and gain experience in each of them... You don't have to think about everything theoretically – there is no time for intellectualising.
Ian Finlay, Chief Information Officer, Claranet Group Article: Education and experience: is there an ideal mix for becoming a CIO?