Can CIOs Become Business Leaders?

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The next step is that CIOs need to make sure that they are at the table and present during important meetings for instance when possible mergers and acquisitions are being discussed. Because when new acquisitions ans mergers happen the new combined entities may result in complicated IT environments, and such issues need to addressed at the earliest.

"Including the CIO in M&A discussions acknowledges the fact that bringing together two corporations is likely to create highly complex information technology landscapes with disparate structures that must quickly support equally disparate business units," Kerschberg writes. "Failure to properly acknowledge this can have serious repercussions, such as a negative effect on the customer experience and an inability to rearrange the customer base across multiple brands."

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