Five Rules for Hiring the Right CIO, World Class IT mentioned in CFO article

October 20, 2011
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Sooner or later, you’ll need to hire a new CIO. Here’s how you should proceed.

Article by Martha Heller, article on
September 6, 2011

Excerpt from the article:

With the burgeoning demands on IT (mobile applications, support of consumer technologies, and the role that data plays in your product or services lines), your need for really good IT is only increasing. This time, why don’t you follow these guidelines and hire the right CIO?


Step 4 of 5: Be sure to interview on the five pillars of IT.

My good friend, former CIO of Harrah’s, John Boushy, recently turned me on to Peter High’s wonderful book, World Class IT, which I now use to structure my own CIO interviews. Create question sets around High’s five principles of IT: recruiting and developing a great team; building and maintaining a robust infrastructure; managing projects and portfolios; ensuring partnerships with the business; and developing good vendor relationships. Since those pillars pretty much define the CIO role, it makes good sense to organize your CIO interviews around them.

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