Filed in archive CIO by Scott Wilson on October 11, 2007
This is particularly poor news if you happen to believe, as most of us seem to, that information technology management functions best when it is applied evenly through the organization and not dropped into the bottomless pit of the accounting department. But that is largely what is happening, just as we were starting to drag ourselves out into the sunshine of broader acceptance.
There's another aspect to this, however, which can also be seen in the survey-more CIOs are reporting now to COOs as well as CFOs. And if you also happen to believe-as fewer of you do-that the role of CIO is likely to become absorbed further into operations and to become less of a specialty department as IT itself becomes more utilitarian, then this can be seen as evidence that is in fact happening already.
I can't call a trend out of one year's data, but this is an interesting development to keep an eye on.