Dear Colleagues:\n\nThe combination of this global economic crisis and seismic shifts in technology has created \n\nan unprecedented opportunity for businesses to not only mitigate risk and attain stability \n\nbut to achieve growth and differentiation.\nMore on State of the CIO\nWhat It Takes to Succeed Now as a CIO\nState of the CIO Charts (pdf)State of the CIO Research Highlights (pdf)\nState of the CIO 2009: Analysis of the Three CIO Types\n\nIT Slashes Budgets, Starts Layoffs: Exclusive CIO Survey\n\nMeet the Millionaire CIOs\n\nWith our cross-enterprise approach to business information needs and our knowledge about the \n\nfuture direction of technology, CIOs are among the executives best-positioned to lead this \n\nopportunity. Using cloud computing tools and new, Web 2.0 resources, we can deliver the \n\nresilience, agility and innovation that will propel our companies out of this crisis and \n\nwell into the next decade.\n\nTo succeed, however, CIOs must shift much of their personal focus from the \n\ninternal\u2014the IT function and its operations\u2014to the external\u2014commercial \n\nstrategy, customer touch-points and the competitive landscape. These are some of the steps \n\nto take now:\n\nEmphasize your role as an "agent of change" at the executive table.\n\nCreate agile processes and architecture so your business can turn on a dime.\n\nLook for solutions, ideas and partnerships beyond the \ntraditional boundaries of your \n\norganization.\n\nTap the emerging resources of the global business community, social networks and \n\nconsumerized technology.\n\nOriginate commercial product and service ideas by studying market trends and external \n\ncustomer needs. Too many of us undervalue these areas.\n\nDevelop the next generation; bring your senior staff along on this journey.\n\nWe, the undersigned CIOs\u2014advisors and members of the CIO Executive Council, urge all \n\nIT leaders to make the most of this opportunity in 2009 and beyond\u2014for your \n\nenterprise, your profession and yourselves. It's time to step forward as future-state CIOs.\n\nKenric Anderberg, Philips Healthcare\nTwila Day, Sysco\nWilliam Deam,Quintiles Transnational\nJoe Drouin, Kelly Services\nLouis Ehrlich, Chevron\nBruce Goodman, Humana\nKumud Kalia, Direct Energy\nRandy Krotowski, Chevron Global Upstream\nGerry McCartney, Purdue University\nTodd Pierce, Genentech\nJohn Puckett, DuPont\nLeon Schumacher, ArcelorMittal Americas\nThomas Sneed, Marathon Oil\nJeff Steinhorn, Hess\nStephen Warren, U.S. government agency\nMarc West, formerly,H&R Block\nRobert Willett, Best Buy\n\nThe opinions expressed in this letter are those of the individual signers and are not \n\nnecessarily shared by their employers. The CIO Executive Council is a professional \n\npeer-advisory group for CIOs founded by CIO's publisher.