Maryfran Johnson

Maryfran Johnson


Maryfran Johnson is the host of’s CIO Leadership Live video show and former Editor in Chief of CIO magazine and Events. Contact her at

Articles by Maryfran Johnson


CIOs Are in an Anxious State

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson sees this year’s State of the CIO survey data as depicting mismatched priorities between IT and business leaders
January 1, 2012

Make Your Vendors Work For You

CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson discusses vendor relationships and our December 1 cover story on how to truly partner with your vendors through a vendor collective
November 30, 2011

Why CIOs Detest the Phrase “IT and the Business”

CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson discusses our Nov. 15 cover story and why it’s time to dump that polarizing phrase and make IT and business people equal partners.
November 2, 2011

CIOs Are in a Mobile State of Mind

When the "kill the laptop" breakout session was an unexpected success at our last event, CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson knew mobility had become the hottest topic in IT.
September 28, 2011

How to Provide People-Friendly Tech

The Oct. 1 issue of CIO magazine features three stories that deal with the people issues behind IT’s biggest potential game-changers: BYOT, unified communications and social media.
September 27, 2011

Three Steps to Combatting Rogue IT

CIOs need to be more yes-oriented when it comes to embracing consumer tech and the tech demands of their internal customers
August 31, 2011

Why CIOs Still Like DIY Software Development

Companies from NYSE Euronext to Alcoa are bypassing ready-made software and developing their own programs in-house in hopes of creating competitive advantage
August 29, 2011

It’s Time for CIOs to Get in the Game

IT-business alignment is no longer the conversation, finds CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. Today’s top IT executives know it’s all about creating business value.
May 12, 2011

CIO Magazine Goes All Cloud, No Fluff

Editor in chief of CIO magazine Maryfran Johnson shares highlights from our special cloud computing issue.
April 11, 2011

Making Space for Creative Thinking

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson reflects on our April 1 cover story and the ways technology can hinder or aid strategic decision making.
March 25, 2011

Four Emerging Positions CIOs Need to Fill

CIO magazine’s latest cover story looks at the talent gaps in today’s IT departments and the four new roles that have CIOs on the hunt for fresh talent.
February 23, 2011

CIOs Recharged and Ready for 2011

Happily, our 2011 State of the CIO research reveals that this coming year will be all about enhancing productivity, investing strategically and fueling growth.
January 1, 2011

Why CIOs Should Friend CMOs

The CMO is still a ways off your radar screen, says CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. With the rise in the influence of social media on your business, it’s time to get better acquainted.
November 19, 2010

Great Panelists Misbehave on Stage

Want to learn how to be a stand-out panelist? The best ones speak up, stand out and have fun.
November 2, 2010

Advice For CIOs: Beyond the Obvious

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson on CIOs who mean business and the lessons they learned that helped them succeed.
November 2, 2010

CIO Hall of Fame: Inductees Took Risks, Reaped Rewards

Tom Flanagan of Amgen, Filippo Passerini of Procter & Gamble, Brent Stacey of Idaho National Laboratory, Frank Modruson of Accenture, and Tom Murphy of AmerisourceBergen are this year’s class of CIO Hall of Fame Inductees.
November 1, 2010

Feeling Overclouded? You’re Not Alone

Our 8th annual global security survey indicates a whopping 62 percent of you have little to no confidence in cloud-provider security. It’s no wonder many CIOs are feeling clouded out.
September 29, 2010

CIOs Of The Future Need To Capitalize on New Data Sources

As The Internet of Things paves the way to cars that recognize their driver and washing machines that call in for repairs, CIOs should reach out to colleagues in R&D and be at the forefront of driving business strategy.
September 23, 2010

How to Be a Good Panel Moderator

Managing a discussion on stage is a valuable skill. Here’s three ways to improve.
August 31, 2010

IT Fuels Ford’s Dramatic Turnaround

Ford’s unified vision, facilitated by IT, is bringing the company back to profitability without a bailout.
August 31, 2010

What Do CEOs Want from CIOs?

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson discusses what CEOs want from their CIOs and how the latter earns a seat at the boardroom table.
June 9, 2010

Skip Facebook for Face Time and Build Confidence

Social media offers an abundance of communication tools. But when it comes to leadership and public speaking, old-fashioned face-to-face chats are still key.
May 11, 2010

How to Build a Stronger CIO

Succession-planning programs have a lot to offer future leaders but often seem to fall flat. CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson looks at this year’s “Ones to Watch” winners and learns how future CIOs are best developed.
May 4, 2010

Alignment 2010

What's in store for 2010 business/IT alignment.
December 17, 2009

Leadership Legacy

This year's Hall of Fame honorees share a mission to accelerate IT and enable business success.
November 1, 2009

Storm Warnings

Why Online Security Threats Matter
October 15, 2009

Let Your Hands Do the Talking

Your gestures, expressions and body language all speak volumes. But are you really listening?
October 12, 2009

Healthy Attitude

President Obama's federal stimulus package boosts the IT impact on healthcare.n
September 23, 2009

Unifying Forces

How unified communications are expanding today.
September 8, 2009

Shared Purpose

Shared services provide new possibilities for the hotel industry.
August 24, 2009

Honoring Innovation

The 2009 CIO 100 Awards honor technology innovation projects, delivering business value for today.
July 23, 2009