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To shine in digital economy, CIOs need passion, partnerships
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of March 2016 Vol. 50
How did you get to CIO? The answers are as varied as all of you are, rooted in different family backgrounds, different academic directions -- I know you're out there, creative writing majors -- and the multifarious ways you've crisscrossed life's highways and byways. Probably though, most of you would agree with Daphne Jones, CIO for global services IT at GE Healthcare at the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. You got there by doing your job well. And you'd also second Rafael Mena. You have passion for what you do. "It's interesting, it's challenging, it's fascinating the work that I do here as a CIO for local government, where the rubber meets the road," said Mena, CIO for Orange County, the central Florida district that includes Orlando. Mena and Jones sat for a panel discussion about what it takes to succeed as a CIO today, with businesses striving to take advantage of the digital economy and transform the very fabric of their operations. Gartner's convention of more than 10,000 CIOs and other IT execs, with ...
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As the need for mobile apps for employees grows, so does the need for CIOs to take the lead on mobile app development -- and they'll need to partner closely with the business to do so.
IT leaders need to love what they do -- and they need to know the business they're in. That was the message from a career panel at the recent Gartner Symposium.