Organizations that encounter change due to the loss of an IT leader are often left in a state of flux. An Interim CIO can be an opportunity to quickly fill the role with someone experienced in the business with a playbook for re-mediating challenges. It is important during this period of time that organizations assess the root cause of the departure and work to correct any internal issues.
Choosing to bring an Interim CIO into a newly vacated position is a move that more organizations are making to ‘prepare the ground’ for the next permanent leader. The Interim CIO enters the organization without the baggage of history and can provide an independent assessment of the situation. They offer senior management an unbiased view of the situation and call attention to new ways for IT to add value.
Typically the Interim CIO will:
To be successful, the Interim CIO needs to be a deeply experienced executive with both IT and consulting skills to work in complex and sometimes difficult cultural environments. The critical outcome from an interim CIO assignment is the alignment of senior management’s understanding of the proper role for IT in the organization, and their commitment to ongoing collaboration with the future IT leader.
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Craig has over 30 years of executive and consulting experience in IT strategic planning, IT governance, IT sourcing, program management, organizational design and operational excellence. He has been an award winner from ComputerWorld and CIO magazine and has been the principal driver of business and IT transformation in numerous companies and industries.