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October 15, 2012 FCW.COM 25 longer to get things done than it should." Yet budget control is far from the be-all, end-all, Van- Roekel and Evans agreed. "You don t have to have every single dollar to make a determination," Evans said. The CIO of the future The CIO role has changed drastically in the 30 years since it was invented, morphing from a technologist role into a management position. And although it will likely continue to evolve in unexpected ways, VanRoekel makes it clear what he doesn t want the position to entail. "What you never want to see is a person who s chas- ing a shiny object and doing technology for the sake of technology," he said. "My advice is to think about the results you want to see and work your way backward." CIOs increasing tenure is also worth more than a perfunctory glance. The longer a CIO stays, the better for the agency and the nation as a whole, said Chris- topher Smith, former Agriculture Department CIO and currently U.S. federal chief technology and innovation of cer at Accenture. Occasionally, CIOs are brought in for a shorter period of time, but "I think everybody would be much more satis ed with three- to ve-year tenures," he said. "That s when you re really starting to reap the fruits of the initial planning. In four to ve years, you can re ne and cor- rect directions and, obviously, re ne your strategy and visions even further." Forward-looking CIOs will focus on delivering busi- ness services faster and better and doing it in a highly cost-effective, secure manner, Smith said. "Those indi- viduals who are focused on business service delivery are going to be able to drive a rapidly changing environment and better services for citizens," he added. There s constant talk about how to manage the gov- ernment more like a business and bring industry best practices to the government, and that bodes well for agency CIOs, Cureton said. Smart corporations "wouldn t dream of [saying] I m going to have to meet some FCC compliance and have a CIO there, " she said. "They have CIOs because they really need IT to do what they need them to do." And as CIOs are able to escape the tech-support stereotype to focus on their agencies missions, those broader challenges bring excitement and a sense of reward, Evans said. CIOs have been described as seeing "everything the way it is and everything the way it could be for the bet- terment of the agency," she said. "If you re successful in doing that and you can improve things, you get to see all that and everything that comes up through the business, and you say, Wow, look at all these opportunities. " ■ SPONSORED BY IRON BOW SCAN THIS QR CODE with your smartphone for the full research report. TOPICS INCLUDE Running hard, going nowhere Mobile and BYOD pose knotty problems Security is still a headache for cloud adoption Government hunts for elusive cyber skills Cyber war? Maybe not yet, but it's getting closer. FCW.COM/ CYBERSECURITYREPORT2012 TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: SP P SP SP PEC ECIA IA AL L L LRE RE RE REPO PO PO PORT RT R R
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