Positioning the CIO for Success

When it comes to IT management, sometimes nothing is so valuable as the lessons learned by those facing similar management challenges.

With that in mind, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has recently

put on the Web an Executive Guide in support of the various CIOs in U.S. Federal Departments, based on a year-long study of leading private and public sector CIO organizations.

Entitled “Maximizing the Success of Chief Information Officers – Learning from Leading Organizations”, the 70-page document is chock full of good IT management principles and guidelines, applicable to private sector organizations as well as public sector ones.

The report identifies several critical success factors in IT management, and provides a wealth of detail as to how to achieve them in your own organization. Numerous strategies are presented on strengthening the positioning and credibility of the CIO position.

The document can be viewed at http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-01-376g

CIO Council Site

Another valuable Web resource from south of the border is one hosted by

The Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council, which was established in 1996. The CIO Council serves as the principal inter-agency forum for improving

practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of U.S. Federal Government Agency information resources.

The Council’s role includes developing recommendations for information technology management policies, procedures, and standards; identifying opportunities to share information resources; and assessing and addressing the needs of the Federal Government’s IT workforce.

Their web site www.cio.gov is a leading portal regarding information

management and will support any CIO’s efforts. I recommend that you start your review at http://www.cio.gov/docs/Documents.htm, where you will find

papers on capital planning and invest-ment, electronic government, enter-

prise interoperability, IT workforce, security, privacy and numerous other


Dan Swanson, CMA, CISSP, CISA is a Winnipeg-based management consultant and frequent writer on IT audit and management practices. He can be reached at dan.swanson@investorsgroup.com