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8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs

These insights can help you optimize your marketing strategies to attract the attention of CIOs and IT professionals at the right time, right format, right place.

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CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? InformationWeek has collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs.

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Today's most successful CIOs must lead two distinct efforts. They must "keep the lights on" with their existing infrastructure and serve their user bases with ever-tightening IT budgets. At the same time they must pivot to serve a new fundamental need as technology becomes an underpinning to all the services their organizations provide to customers.

Leon Kappelman, professor of Information Systems at the University of North Texas's College of Business and the lead for an annual CIO trends study for the Society for Information Management, believes that this new environment will bring new faces to the role of CIO.

"I think we may be at a watershed moment, and five years from now perhaps half of the current batch of CIOs will be CIOs," Kappelman told InformationWeek. That's a gigantic change at the top for IT organizations.

This changing of the guard at the top will be driven by the transformation in the industry, generational factors, and a requirement for new skill sets. Today's CIOs and aspiring CIOs must take a hard look at their own competencies and habits as they gear up to lead tomorrow's organizations.

These topics and more will be discussed during the IT Leadership Track at Interop 2016, May 2-6, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. (Full disclosure: Interop is produced by UBM Americas, InformationWeek's parent company.)

InformationWeek regularly speaks with successful CIOs and IT executives about projects, strategy, and vision. We're always looking out for the secrets that others can use to help drive results within their own organizations. Which habits help CIOs achieve success?

Interested in more insights? Here are the 10 Top CIO Priorities: The Reality vs. the Ideal.

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Originally posted on InformationWeek on 2/24/2016.

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