Tech leaders cannot enable if they report to CFOs

CIOs working for the CFO cannot position technology as a strategic enabler within the organisation says the new CDO at The British Library, Richard Boulderstone.

Boulderstone became the first CDO at the British Library in May 2013 having been head of IT since 2002.

"IT is a strategic enabler and working for the CFO makes enablement really hard," he said in a CIO UK profile of his new role.

"IT gets a bad press though as too many people trying to serve customers don't see the point of technology, so I see the CDO role as one of connecting technology with the rest of the organisation. As IT you are seen as a cost centre, barrier or having resource issues," he said of his previous role and career in IT.

"I have a small team to coordinate the digital effects of the organisation and it is liberating as I'm not from IT and it allows me to get more done."

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