CTO’s are business leaders and their overall goal is to guide, advise and influence the decisions being made regarding new technology across the entire organisation. CIO’s take a business-focused approach to leading the IT function and will utilise their knowledge of core business, in terms of its customers, products and services, with their skills in technology to identify opportunities for the organisation.
To succeed within the role, individuals will need an in-depth understanding of business, including how a company functions from top to bottom. The ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience in IT-related jobs, and can establish relationships with other top-level executives and colleagues in the field. A CIO must know the ins and outs of every department to determine the technical needs of each branch, meaning that excellent communication skills are an essential attribute. CIO’s will need to be able to translate technical IT language into terms that non-IT employees can easily understand, so empathy, teamwork and optimism is also required.