According to a nearly incoherent Deloitte press release, the role of CIO is "shifting from steward to strategist or revolutionary."
Before explaining why the press release is well worth taking the time to ignore, an observation: If you want to ensure your understanding of a situation remains superficial, conduct a survey. It will reveal the distribution pattern of beliefs. Whether those beliefs are based on anything worth sharing is an entirely different matter.
And no, I don't believe in crowdsourcing. I believe in an older wisdom, stated succinctly by the geniuses at Despair.com: "None of us is as dumb as all of us."
As for the survey's "revolutionary CIO" assertions, the reality is that competent CIOs have always been both stewards and strategists. And to be "revolutionary," successful CIOs will simply need to continue to provide the same technology leadership they've been offering all along.
The revolutionary CIO: A matter of perspective
Confession time: I wasn't aware of the Deloitte survey until I read Dan Tynan's InfoWorld TechWatch coverage. Subsequently, I took the time to familiarize myself with its pointlessness.
Here's a direct quote:
According to the poll, 45 percent of nearly 1,000 IT executives surveyed say their own CIO is viewed as a steward while another 45 percent say their CIO is a strategist. The remaining 10 percent claim their CIO is a revolutionary ...
The first question that comes to mind: Who exactly did Deloitte survey? And the second: Why are their opinions on this subject worth listening to?
This might seem minor, but it isn't. It's foundational.
The quote says, "their own CIO is viewed as ... ." Did Deloitte survey the sort of annoying people who refer to themselves in the third person? Is Deloitte including as "IT executives" people who report to the CIO -- people I'd describe as middle managers? Did it survey companies organized in such a way that people with CIO titles report to higher-level technology executives with some other exalted title?