Here are the most important questions to ask a CIO

Business and IT cannot stay separate if you want to succeed. A CEO must always stay engaged with their CIO. Start with these questions to ask a CIO.

As the CEO of your company, whether it’s a start-up, something small, medium-sized, or perhaps large, how much attention do you truly pay to the activities that are undertaken by the members of your IT department? And are you engaging with the CIO?

Before you think of questions to ask a CIO, you need to ask yourself some questions first. Are you paying attention to what it is they are doing that will appropriately grow the business? Are they making spending decisions on infrastructure improvements that will, ultimately, become antiquated the moment they are installed? Are you paying attention to what your competitors are doing with their technologies, so you are not missing out on the trends that will grow your overall revenue? 

Important questions all, and queries that should be asked at regular intervals in the course of your company’s fiscal year.

I recently asked some of my colleagues at Eliassen Group to give me some questions CEOs should ask of their CIOs on a regular basis.

The most common responses received were:

  • Are we spending enough money on technology that will enable our organization to be a force in the markets in which we operate?
  • Are we paying attention to the emerging tools in the technologies that we use, and should we consider incorporating some of them into our operational structure to maintain our advantage over our competitors?
  • Are we doing everything we need to do to protect the organization from being disrupted long-term in the event of a disaster?

If you don't find the answers you are looking for, turn to us. At Eliassen Group, we are constantly thinking of ways to help the business and IT sides collaborate. For an example, download our ebook, "Erasing the Artificial Boundaries," which provides concrete steps to bring IT and the business together.