This Week’s Five is the column where we bring to you a collection of five interesting reads from all over the web, with a different topic every week. This week, we are exploring the changing role of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the enterprises.

Gone are the days when the CIOs were largely responsible for practices supporting the flow of information. Today, the role of a CIO has undergone a drastic change, where he plays a key role in setting the strategy and ensuring its execution. Since IT has moved from low to high priority, the CIO has become CEO’s ally, and in most cases, they drive business strategies together.

We have brought together some interesting articles we’ve come across in the past few days, about the transformation in a CIOs role .

The New Role Of CIOs: The IT sector’s expansion from mainframes to distributed servers moved CIOs beyond their chilled computer-room fortress to the user’s domain.

The Metamorphosis Of The CIO: Tomorrow’s businesses will have a very different make-up, and the CIO must lead the charge in the face of these changes. As Erik Brynjolfsson said, to succeed in the future, “We must reinvent our organizations and our whole economic system.”

CIOs Need To Rethink Their Roles: CIOs need to be business-savvy. But technology trends, generational shifts in the workforce and changing demands from end users are forcing CIOs to go further and fundamentally rethink their roles, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan CIO Symposium

Strong Relationships Can Move The CIO Role To Transformational: CIOs must become experts in all things, especially in this era of disruptive technology. And in becoming experts, CIOs need to start taking the initiative to create relationships with users, customers and IT partners in addition to line-of-business colleagues.

Chief Information To Chief Insight Officer: The best way Chief Information Officers (Or CIOs) can regain past glory of their role is to adopt and grow with changing technology and evolve to become Chief Insights Officer – still a CIO!

So, if you are a CIO responsible for the management of IT in your enterprise, notice how your role has been transformed!

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