1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 4, 2011 1:01 AM by Christopher Peters

    Relationships between CIO, CFO and CEO


      There is an interesting discussion going on at Enterprise Efficiency about reporting relationship between CIO, CFO and CEO - Your CFO Doesn't Like You. Comments from people shared views on whether CIO should be reporting to CEO, and most think it should be, rather than reporting to the CFO (which research shown as more common). My view is that the partnership between CIO, CFO and CEO are more important than that reporting relationship. A lot of times IT is seen as a cost center because the partnership isn't there. And a foundation to that partnership is a common language between CIO, CFO, and CEO - the business value of IT that aligns to the organization objectives and results. If the CIO continues to talk about technology only, he/she is not going to win the respect. The following are some extract of my comments in the discussion. How do you think on this subject?


      "Politics aside, there needs to be a  better partner built between the CIO and the CFO, and the CEO, in order  to deliver the true potential of IT and its strategic value to the  organization. It doesn't help if the CIO keeps talking about technology,  the CFO keeps talking about cost, and the CEO talks about business  results. However, this isn't surprising because of their professional  background.

      A common language needs to be established between the 3 in order to  build that understanding and partnership. I see 'Business Value' is one  of those key common languages. Instead of measuring various cost factor  of IT, Business Value measures the value IT is creating for the  business, e.g. return of IT buget invested, measureable improvements in  the supply chain, time-to-market in product development. With an  establish set of value metrics & culture for the IT organizations,  and for the IT projects, CIOs can show the bottom-line and top-line  results for the organization. Instead of focusing on cost of IT, CIO and  CFO can now discuss IT investments returns; CEO and CIO can more  effectively talk about business strategy alignment.

      When CEO, CFO and CIO can speak the same language, it builds a  foundation for a better partnership. Not only that, it helps positioning  IT as a value center, rather than a cost center."