Government Technology
By Bill Schrier: Making technology work for a city government.

Are Government IT Departments and CIOs Irrelevant?

March 10, 2013 By

The Government CIO as viewed by the Business

"The Department of No". "The Geeks in the Basement". "Expensive Projects, Always Late".

Increasingly, many IT departments – and their CIOs – are becoming irrelevant to the business of government.

Peter Hinssen is a visiting lecturer at London Business School and a senior industry fellow at the University of California Irvine's School of Business. He recently wrote a provocative article on this subject, focused on CIOs and IT departments in the commercial sector.

But, as I thought about it, many of the same criticisms apply to government CIOs and my own experience as a City CIO.


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