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How a CIO Can Drive Business

The role of a CIO is more important and influential today than it has ever been. According to the infographic below, a new CIO has only 90 to 120 days to make their mark on an organization. That’s three to four months to make an impact within their organization. But how can they best allocate their resources to help drive business?

In the survey below, CMS IT Services found that CIOs should focus on

  • Talent
  • Transparency
  • Technology
  • Time

A CIO often focuses on driving new business needs but few spend time on their organization’s digital strategy. In our digital age, improving digital strategy can significantly impact new business development.

Innovation is another important factor for success as a CIO. Knowing when to incorporate new technologies and when to retire outdated technology are some of the biggest obstacles facing a CIO.

Take a look at the infographic below for more.

At George Mason University, students have the opportunity to earn a CIO certificate along with their MS in Technology Management degree. A CIO certificate is another way to distinguish your and can be a differentiating factor in your career. According to CompTIA, 65% of employers use IT certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates, and 72% of employers use IT certifications as a requirement for certain job roles.


Mason’s MS in Technology Management degree helps you further your technology leadership career—positioning you to take advantage of opportunities as you sharpen your ability to adapt and excel in an ever rapidly changing business environment. The program provides you with an executive-level perspective and the right skill portfolio to manage across all business disciplines.

The Masters in Technology Management has a relevant and focused curriculum, experienced faculty, flexible program design for working professionals, active IT industry and global partnerships, and accomplished students and alumni.


CIO infographic

Source: CMS IT Services

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