We couldn't be happier to see you go. Company earnings slid, budgets followed, and most organisations were suddenly faced with having to do more with less. CIO's were forced to lay off some of the very employees they had tried so hard to recruit just months earlier. And then, on September 11, America's post-Cold War sense of security and stability collapsed along with the World Trade Centre towers.
Some things will never be the same. But in the spirit of new beginnings, we offer our readers a manual for surviving - no, make that flourishing - as a CIO in 2002. In this special How-To issue, we hope to provide guidelines for almost every aspect of a CIO's life, from office politics ("How to Play Your CFO Like a Fiddle",) to information security, CRM, e-business and outsourcing. Not to mention how to deal with vendors, Wall Street, Microsoft and demanding CEO'sSome of these stories are written by your peers, a few are tongue-in-cheek, many are dead serious, but all aim to provide down-to-earth advice for CIO's negotiating this new and hopefully improved year. So sit down, take off your jacket and enjoy the ride.
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