cio-podcastToday's Chief Information Officers must be an entirely new breed of technology leader. With ever-changing demands from the business, and in an increasingly technology-centric business environment, CIOs must find game-changing innovations and process improvements that make a real impact on the bottom line. Business executives need their CIOs to be real partners—speaking the language of the business and donning their strategist caps—not just commodity managers. Those IT leaders who fail to break out of the order-taker, utility manager mold will, simply put, be looking for a new job.

Confessions of a Successful CIO book Articles

Confessions of a Successful CIO

In the recently released book titled, Confessions of a Successful CIO, authors Dan Roberts and Brian P. Watson take you on a peek behind the curtain with in-depth looks at how leading CIOs, facing some of the toughest challenges of their careers, made critical decisions, took calculated risks and displayed true business leadership in helping the companies thrive... and in some cases survive.

Featuring nine acclaimed CIOs-each profiled in their own chapter-you will read firsthand about the toughest business decision they had to make, and how the outcome influenced and impacted their leadership style. These in-depth anecdotes take the reader inside some of the most challenging business climates imaginable and chronicle how these elite CIOs made the decisions that mattered.

By gathering these fascinating and inspiring stories together in this book, Roberts and Watson have developed a new educational tool for IT leadership that will last for many years to come. Through anecdotes from acclaimed IT leaders, readers can:


Meet the Authors

DAN ROBERTS is a 30-year veteran of the IT industry and the CEO and President of Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc. He is a contributing author of several books, including Unleashing the Power of IT (Wiley, 2013) and Leading IT Transformation. Dan is a frequent keynote speaker at CIO and IT industry events and is often quoted in leading industry journals. He graduated from UNH’s Whittemore School of business & Economics.

BRIAN P. WATSON is the former Editor in Chief of CIO Insight and has contributed reporting and analysis to several media outlets focused on IT leadership. Since 2010, he has served as Director of Business Outreach for Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), a 501c3 nonprofit company. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.