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Springtime for CIO

Springtime for CIO

It's not spring, but a bit of housekeeping is in order at CIO, so damn the season and full speed ahead. (Actually, anyone reading this who's seen my office would say that more than "a bit" of housekeeping needs done around here, but that's another story.)First, I'd like to thank all of you who attended the CIO Informat conference at the end of May. Ad hoc feedback during the conference was positive, however we're analysing the evaluation forms with an eye to making the conference a perfect 10 next year.

Big news on the magazine front as CIO gets a deputy editor -- Cass Warneminde -- and I get a much-needed extra pair of hands. CIO has grown enormously this year and Cass, who as recently as last week was with my IDG stablemate Computerworld, will be a major asset. In fact, Cass' first mission is to establish the long-awaited CIO editorial advisory board. Let him know if you're interested at: Cass_Warneminde@idg.com.au.

In my April editorial I ran a list of the top 10 reasons "Why You Could Never Pay Me Enough to Be a CIO" and welcomed your suggestions. I don't have another 10, but since this is my housekeeping month I thought it's as good as time as any to clear that in-tray. Here they are:* Your CEO leaves photocopies of Ansett or Qantas flight magazine articles on your desk which espouse the benefits of the latest executive techo-toy, with the message "please discuss" written on a Post-It note.

* Business units who make noises about IT being non-core and outsourcing it.

Also business unit "experts" who are doing a TAFE VB (Visual Basic) or other programming course and commence coding an application for their business unit.

* You leaf through your organisation's Web usage statistics for the month, and see the most frequented sites by IT staff are idg.jobnet.com.au and www.monsterboard.com.au.

* You come back from a weeklong road trip to find a consultant using your desk.

* How can you ever win as a CIO when every user upon turning on their PC, (be it stand-alone, connected to a mainframe or three-tier) expects it to always work with all software available 100 per cent of the time. How do you meet -- or exceed -- 100 per cent availability to keep them all happy?* Why be a CIO, when executive management seem to enjoy playing "bait the CIO" and middle management love playing to the crowd and engage in "trash the CIO"?Finally, while it's not really a housekeeping matter I want you to be on the lookout for the August issue of CIO. Recently US CIO did a special issue focusing on Australia.

"Take a look at our inclusive segment on business and IT in Australia and read about one country's attempts to harness its culture and resources to compete in the global marketplace."Yep, that's a direct promotional quote, and you'll read all about it here next month. Come on, I know you can't wait to see what the septics have to say about those of us in the ROW.

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