The Data-Focused CIO: A 20-Year Retrospective of the CIO as a Critical Business Function

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The Data-Focused CIO: A 20-Year Retrospective of the CIO as a Critical Business Function

CIOs as a “C-level” position have been around for approximately 20 years. Organizations have generally recognized the need for a single leader to be accountable for applying organizational data assets to their strategy. This is similar to having a CFO bear the ultimate responsibility for the organizational financial assets, etc. However, unlike a CFO (who is today expected to have a Master’s in Accountancy, a CPA, or other recognized degrees/certifications, most CIO’s do not have this precisely defined qualification. In the face of vastly increasing organizational data volumes/challenges it is now time to assess these collective results and rethink this critical business function. The talk will explore the historical context from which CIOs evolved, examine the current states of most organizations, and conclude that by most measures the CIO function has been an abysmal failure. The talk concludes with a proposed remedy – the data focused CIO as a critical business function with a more properly labeled CTO taking on the tactical responsibilities of the former CIO.

Peter AikenPeter Aiken, Ph. D. is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten data management authorities in the world. In addition to examining the data management practices of more than 500 organizations, he has spent multi-year immersions with organizations as diverse as the U.S. Department of Defense, Deutsche Bank, Nokia, Wells Fargo, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and numerous other high profile clients. As President of DAMA International, his expertise in the practice is unquestioned. He has been an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business Information Systems Department since 1993 and owns Data Blueprint, an award-winning data management and IT consulting firm. For more information, please visit his websites at or


11:30-11:50 – Registration
12:00 – Luncheon

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Baby Spinach Salad,
Warm Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese on Portobello Mushroom,
Aged Balsamic Dressing

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7 oz. Roast Prime Ribeye,
Yorkshire Pudding, Horse Radish & Grainy Mustard Jus


Mushroom, Spinach, Sundried Tomato & Brie Quiche
(vegetarian main course, available by request on registration)

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Ebony & Ivory
Dark & White Chocolate Mousse Pyramid
Raspberries & Framboise Coulis

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Tea/Coffee Service

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IRMAC Annual General Meeting

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Peter Aiken

The Data Focused CIO

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2:15 – Closing


Members: Attendance is free for IRMAC members (A maximum of three free lunches for Corporate Members). Please reserve your place prior to Midday on Wednesday June 20 using the online form at (You will be prompted to create an IRMAC account if you do not have one already). Please indicate on the form if an alternate meal is required. Reservations will close on this date or when all seats are filled. Reservations are important. If you are unable to attend and have already reserved, please let us know since we must pay for every reservation whether you attend or not.


Jun 22 2012


11:30 am - 2:15 pm


Albany Club 91 King Street East (King/Yonge subway )

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