In these tough economic times, CIOs get to wear the hats of the Tech Visionary, the mean-spirited Cost Accountant, the Czar of Platforms, the Purchasing Agent and the Applications Guru of their company
Want one of the worst jobs in the information age? Try chief information officer. It's a job with a lofty title and plenty of land mines, and almost all of them more related to Machiavelli than technology. "So what is my job? Compromising. Compromising all day long. And trying to find a reason to rationalize this complete mess we call information systems."
Think of the great rivalries that you know: good vs. evil; Red Sox vs. Yankees; Microsoft vs. (in order) IBM, Novell, Netscape, AOL, Linux, Google, the Department of Justice, Sun, Sony, the European Commission and now, Cisco.