Strategic IT: The Transition Taking Place in the CIO Role

Identify the key traits that enable CIOs to successfully transition to strategic partners.
Management & Leadership / Personal Development

TL Strategic IT Execsense

Format          30 Minute Lesson
Chapters       3
Skill Level     New to Topic
Audience      CIO
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Course Description

In this lesson, ExecSense and CTM of Columbia University examine how the role of CIO is changing and how you as a senior technology executive can establish a seat at the table in the C-Suite. Learn to use strategic advocacy to augment your technical expertise, establish departmental and personal benchmarks, and align your IT strategies with the business interests of your company.

This lesson is led by an expert on the topic, Dr. Art Langer (Director for the Center of Technology Management of Columbia University), and focuses on the common personal attributes of successful CIO and their organizational philosophies, as well as the growing importance of IT in corporate strategy.

In this 30-minute session, you will learn:

  • A comprehensive list of the most important personal attributes of a successful CIO
  • How to master strategic advocacy to make the case for technology investment, IT integration, and a cutting-edge development agenda
  • What “keeping a pulse on costs” truly means and why developing an understanding of logistics and ROI will help you drive profitability and earn a spot at the executive table
  • Why big data and predictive analytics are fundamental tools for CIOs, and how to put yourself at the center of the data conversation at your company
  • Specific case studies of successful CIOs who willingly took on less traditional responsibilities, learned their business inside and out, and found success at the executive level as a result

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Dr. Art Langer
Director for the Center of Technology Management of Columbia University
Technology Management


Dr. Arthur M. Langer is the Director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University and is Vice Chair of Faculty and Executive Director of the Department of Innovation and Design at the School of Professional Studies.

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He also serves on the faculty of the Department of Organization and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education (Teachers College). Dr. Langer is also an elected member of the Columbia University Faculty Senate.

Dr. Langer is the author of Strategic IT: Best Practices for Managers and Executives (2013 with Lyle Yorks), Guide to Software Development: Designing & Managing the Life Cycle (2012), Information Technology and Organizational Learning (2011), Analysis and Design of Information Systems (2007), Applied Ecommerce (2002), and The Art of Analysis (1997) and has numerous published articles and papers relating to service learning for underserved populations, IT organizational integration, mentoring and staff development.

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