“The CIO's position is not always obvious”
MATS VIKSTRÖM, PA INFORMATION MANAGEMENT EXPERT
Mats Vikström, PA information management expert, has had a by-lined article published in Computer Sweden. The article contributes to a long-running debate about whether or not the chief information officer (CIO) should be a member of the senior management team.
Mats writes: "From an international perspective, Sweden and Scandinavia are doing well: six out of ten CIOs are part of the management team – ten per cent higher than the global average." However, a more recent study by this magazine – looking at the top 50 companies in Sweden – found that only one in three CIOs are members of the management team.
According to Computer Sweden, this is not cheerful reading. PA, on the other hand, believes that the situation is more complex. We believe that the CIO should be part of the management team if this is right for the business, which can be determined by considering the following questions:
Is IT important for the development of the core business or not?
What are the short-term strategic priorities for IT? Is it driven by cost or by business development?
What does the composition of management team look like? What are the business requirements for IT?
Is there a well-functioning process to ensure that IT meets the needs of the business?
How does the company measure the results of the investments in IT? Are there relevant KPIs in place?
Mats Vikström is information management expert at PA Consulting Group