Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 2/6/2014 | 5 comments

Sara Peters
We've coaxed, cajoled, and encouraged you CIOs to make friends with your CMOs. We've explained that even though we know that CMOs can be rather blasé about privacy, and even though you might feel that they're a bit presumptuous with all their ideas about how to increase use of IT, the fact is that CMOs are hungry for new technology and are willing to spend money on it. So if the CIO is more willing to make friends with CMOs instead of engaging in a power struggle, it would be good for everyone.

And yet according to our last poll, you're not listening to us.

In our last E2 poll we asked "Who is the CIO/IT department’s best friend in your enterprise?" Only a mere 3.2 percent of you responded "the CMO." The full responses were:

  • 20.0% -- CEO
  • 13.6% -- CFO
  • 12.8% -- COO
  • 03.2% -- CMO
  • 06.4% -- Someone else on the business side
  • 35.2% -- IT is on its own
  • 08.8% -- Don't know

It's truly sad that the most common answer, gathering over a third of the votes, was "IT is on its own." It's unfortunate that so many IT professionals still feel like loners, misunderstood and unappreciated.

It's quite stunning that there is such a healthy portion of CIOs who are besties with the CFO (especially since they never really liked you).

It's great news that a large section are besties with the CEO. That could be an indication that CIOs have managed to grab a great seat at the executive table.

Tell us: How did you vote and why? If the CIO is bosom buddies with the CFO, how in blazes did that happen? Did you earn the CFO's love by successfully cutting costs over the years, finding new ways for IT to drive profits, or did you just give them a very nice bottle of liquor for their birthday?

If you're arm-in-arm with the CEO, how has that affected your relationships with the rest of the executive suite? Do they welcome you and take you seriously, or do they resent you?

If you've got interlocking lockets that say "BFF" on them with the CMO, what common goal is your friendship based upon? What advice would you give to other CIOs who want to foster that relationship?

If you're exchanging friendship bracelets with someone else on the business side, spill: Who is it, and why does your relationship work?

If you responded that IT is on its own, how do you feel about that? Are you satisfied with that fact, or do you wish you had better relationships outside the department? Have you tried, but failed, to create those ties? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sara Peters   Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend   2/11/2014 5:50:05 PM
Re: Maybe everyone WAS listening...
@Joe  "Still, you don't see much in tech publications about the CIO-End User relationship.  Maybe we should talk about it more." The E2 editorial crew has been talking about doing exactly that. Stay tuned for more.

Joe Stanganelli   Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend   2/11/2014 2:54:46 PM
Re: Maybe everyone WAS listening...
@Sara: Alas, that's not as "sexy."

Funny thing is, there was once a big emphasis on end user relationships -- back in the '90s.  It's much less so today now that we have more C-titles.

In my discussions with IT managers, R&D folks, and CIOs, I think that this end user focus is gradually coming back -- at least in collaboration-heavy industries.

Still, you don't see much in tech publications about the CIO-End User relationship.  Maybe we should talk about it more.
Sara Peters   Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend   2/11/2014 11:08:18 AM
Re: Maybe everyone WAS listening...
@Joe   That's a good point. I also think that the relationships with other people in the line of business -- the people who are actually creating the thing that the CMO is marketing and the CFO is paying for -- will become more important.
Joe Stanganelli   Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend   2/11/2014 2:07:02 AM
Maybe everyone WAS listening...
These things tend to be cyclical, I think.  A couple of years ago, the CIO-CFO relationship was a hot issue.  Now it's the CIO-CMO relationship.  I suspect we'll be seeing a bunch of headlines about the CIO-COO relationship in 2016.
batye   Poll Wrap: A CIO's Best Friend   2/6/2014 4:13:06 PM
interesting info
interesting info thank you Sara, I think we are seeing change in the role of CIO in the corporate env... 

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