Welcome a Board

Welcome a Board

Change management? We here at CIO can speak from experience the next time that popular topic lands on the lunch table.

The challenges confronting us as the magazine for IT executives are mirrors of the challenges confronting you. As you adapt to the constantly changing demands of your organisations, staffs and vendors, so too must we adapt in order to communicate the most relevant, most meaningful information to help you become more successful.

One of the recurring traits I have found whenever we report on the successes of Australia's CIOs is that they and their departments always remain close to their customers -- whether they are external customers, internal customers or, increasingly, virtual customers.

In this wired era full of e-mails and Web sites, the successful leaders have learned that it is even more imperative not to let remote communications make them actually remote from the people whom they serve. In fact successful organisations have put a new spin on the old adage and operate on the belief that the company that listens to its customers is always right.

Thus it is with special pride that we introduce in this issue our inaugural CIO Editorial Advisory Board, a generous group of individuals with leadership experience gained at the coalface. Their input will be invaluable in steering and monitoring our growth over the next 12 months. Far from "honorary" positions, we will rely heavily on our board to identify the new sections we include in CIO, the best ways of delivering information (especially with the newer media), ways to enrich our Web site and how to expand our conference offerings.

It's quite appropriate to be introducing our advisory board this month because the themes in this issue are skills and staffing, a special focus on business intelligence and the issue of leadership for CIOs.

Finally, I want to acknowledge a very special effort this month from Caron Schumann of NED Graphics in Sydney, who stepped in as guest art director and designer and has produced a fabulous looking issue.

Thinking of Caron as a guest art director makes me wonder if it wouldn't be an interesting idea to have a guest editor. E-mail me with your ideas and I'll ask our advisory board to choose the best ones. My address is

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