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Posted by Marc Cecere on September 30, 2012
We’d like to know what job responsibilities give CIOs insomnia, either by responding to this blog or by contacting us directly to be interviewed. The interviews will take less than an hour and go over this question as well as others including:
We are in the early stages of interviews, but the initial responses to the question of what keeps CIOs up at night were very interesting. Some, as expected, focused on tactical and immediate problems. They included:
But there were unexpected responses in that they focused on the long term. Some of these long-term insomnia inducers were:
It appears that so far, what keeps CIOs awake has a common cause — uncertainty. It's not knowing what's coming at them or whether what they're doing now, will pay off in the future. For those long-term concerns, it’s the investments that don’t immediately translate to business benefits. For example, will replacing a homegrown application with a cloud-based one pay off over the long term? For the short term, it’s the unknown immediate threats such as staff’s ability to react quickly enough to the next cyberattack given that they happen regularly and are always changing.
We invite your comments either to this blog or through an interview.
If willing to be interviewed, thank you and please contact Lindsey Coit (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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