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The Transformational CIO: Leadership and Innovation Strategies for IT Executives in a Rapidly Changing World by [Muller, Hunter]
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...compelling reading for both CIOs and fellow executives who feel they should understand IT s transformational potential. (I, Global Intelligence for the CIO, July 2011).

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Unlike the CIOs of the recent decade, the modern CIO must take an active hand in developing and guiding the multiple processes required to achieve the company's strategic goals. This represents a sharp break with the past, when the primary responsibility of IT was serving internal customers and responding to the expressed needs of business units operating within the traditional boundaries of the enterprise.

The Transformational CIO serves as a helpful guide for CIOs, IT leaders, and IT suppliers, covering many of the critical topics that concern IT executives struggling to manage successfully in today's rapidly changing markets. It introduces Muller's four-step model—define, build, lead, and change—revealing a simple, practical framework for developing transformational projects, rolling them out smoothly, and making them operational within the accelerated time frames that have become the norm in business today.

Intelligent and visionary, The Transformational CIO explores real-world situations in which IT leaders successfully managed the types of challenges and issues that, sooner or later, you are likely to confront in your career, with invaluable guidance on:

  • Partnering with your business

  • How to think like a CEO

  • Your first 30 days on the job—what you need to do

  • How to prepare for the next steps on your career path

  • Attracting and keeping superior talent

  • Enriching customer experience

In this truly quantum universe, the CIO's portfolio of responsibilities includes hundreds of duties. Some of these duties are abstract, some are concrete; some are obvious, others are subtle. The right book for today's CIO, The Transformational CIO helps you brace yourself for the coming changes and deal successfully with the challenges ahead.


Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OC075S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Highly recommended, with enthusiasm. If you are the CIO of a growing enterprise, or an emerging leader in IT, this book will be more than extremely helpful. In fact, it might even be indispensable. Hunter Muller deals with critical IT management issues including the cloud, virtualization, outsourcing, in-sourcing, talent management, contract management, leadership and vision. The interviews with CIOs from so many top companies alone make this book worth buying. Muller really highlights how the changing role of technology has put the CIO front and center in the modern global corporation. This book captures the moment we're all in, and accurately presents the multiple challenges facing senior technology executives in today's hyper-fast economy. No question that The Transformational CIO is necessary.
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Hunter Muller's "The Transformational CIO" hits the ball out of the park in so many ways. The book takes the reader through a journey of how CIOs have responded to a drastically changing market place. The bottom line in reading this book is that CIOs no longer can afford to be "order takers" from business stakeholders. The Transformation CIO is characterized as a business leader who understands how technology can enable business value.

The book outlines the contrasts between demand driven technology and that of utility driven technology operations. As the cloud has introduced us to numerous alternatives to hosting and operating traditional technology assets, CIOs are provided the opportunity to properly engage with the business for true value realization.

Finally, Hunter Muller includes citations from highly successful CIOs who clearly are talking from life experiences versus from an academic viewpoint. This adds integrity to the book and to the concept of the "Transformational CIO" and why this needs a new breed of technology leaders.

Great technology and leadership management book. I fully recommend this to everyone who is in technology or who depends on technology as part of their business model.
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"The Transformational CIO" is more than just a great book for top executives. It's a field manual for success in the rough and tumble world of modern IT management. Let's speak plainly: Innovation drives business. Technology drives innovation. Successful CIOs drive technology. The CIO must be a transformational leader to provide the business with the right mix of relevant technologies.

In today's wild economy, however, markets change quickly, and that means that the technology has to change quickly to keep pace. So the modern CIO has to stay ahead of both curves -- the business curve and the technology curve -- to stay relevant.

Hunter Muller's book presents a new model for CIO management strategy. The old CIO management model was: "Wait until the business asks me to do it." The new model is: "I have to figure out what the business needs before the business even know that it needs it." In other words, the CIO has to the leader, not the order taker. Successful CIOs grasp this leadership principle intuitively. They use their energy to help the business achieve success -- and they reap the rewards.

In addition to presenting a new model for CIO leadership in the global economy, the book also contains dozens of richly detailed stories told by A-list CIOs at major global corporations. These valuable first-person stories and anecdotes make the book worth buying. I can't think of another strategy management book with this level of detail. I found it highly useful, and I am recommending it to my friends. It's a great investment!
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This was extremely disappointing with very lightweight, soft, high-level recommendations that are not aligned to the complex and challenging expectations that a modern CIO must meet.
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As an IT professional for close to 20 years, I have said for a long time that IT lacks respect within the organization it serves and often that is due to a lack of professionalism on the part of IT, but more often than not it is due to the focus on technology as the end game rather than the value technology provides the business. This is book that can help CIOs, IT Managers and Business Analysts translate their vision into a message that their internal Customers and the business' external Customers will value and embrace. This is a must read for how to change your IT organization's relationship with your Customers. Much of it will seem like a no-brainer to folks with business acumen, but if you're looking for ideas on how to better approach your internal business partners or want examples of how to help your IT Customers approach their internal business partners, then this book is an excellent read!
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This is one of the best CIO books I have ever read as it points out clearly what it needs to become a transformational CIO and to me the four major aspects of any successful CIOs in todays' technology evolving can be summarized to Leadership, Business Acumen, Technology Knowledgeable and Mastering Communication and Relationship. I believe in most if not all the interviews Hunter and his team had conducted with the Senior IT Executives throughout the book emphasized on these main aspects.
I truly enjoyed reading all the chapters and I liked the most the one where Hunter and his team interviewed the "Headhunters" to know what exactly they will be looking for from new CIOs to join and meet organizational needs.
Lastly, from my own perspective I believe a lot of the new CEOs in different varieties of businesses in the next 10 years or so will be promoted CIOs form within the companies themselves. It is no longer just the COOs or CFOs who can be promoted and become the CEO to lead a whole organization but nowadays CIOs are the future CEOs.....and indeed CIO stands for "Career Is ON"
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