What You Should Do

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

Online exclusive: Chief information officers come and go—especially when a company is in crisis. CIOs discuss the paths they chose after taking the reins.

First Aid Tips for Incoming CIOs

Tips for CIOs turning around troubled companies:

  1. Stick to the basics. Make sure every decision is strictly in line with the company's business objectives
  2. Communicate realistic expectations, costs and deadlines in order to maintain stability through the crisis
  3. Get creative. Look for every available side benefit of the technology you already have
  4. Hire or retain technology staff who have the ability to manage and effect change
  5. Renegotiate licensing and maintenance terms with vendors
  6. Plan for the present, first. Deal with the here and now until you reach a point where tomorrow can be discussed
  7. Consolidate as many technology services as possible.
  8. Get your applications under control. Set specific standards and stick to them so that you can eliminate unnecessary applications

Senior Writer
Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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