Why CIOs should be called ‘Chief Influence Officers’

The IT executive today is one of the most important roles within an organization. Debates around exactly what the CIO acronym should morph into have been interesting to say the least. Although this may be settled for now in some organizations, there are others that still wrestle with the glorious possibilities of what the "I" might stand for.Although it's entertaining at best, this distracts from what is required to truly lead.
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David L. Whicker serves as the Chief Information Officer for Rockingham County, North Carolina. In this role, he is responsible for the departments of Information Technology Services, GIS, Court Services, and Public Safety (Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, 911 Communications).

Whicker joined the County in 2010 and has over 15 years of Information Technology experience serving in both the private and public sector. Mr. Whicker is also a contributing author of CIO Leadership for Public Safety Communications: Emerging Trends and Practices from the Public Technology Institute (PTI). Mr. Whicker serves as the Vice-Chair of the Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee as well as the Cyber Security Task Force with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

As an experienced Information Technology leader, Whicker has a passion to see government operate efficiently and effectively through industry best practices, process improvement methodologies, and information technology solutions.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of David L. Whicker and do not represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary, affiliated companies, or any other organization.