It set into motion a thought process and I began to wonder. So here is the result of the wondering in a step by step how to. There could be many more questions in the list, but I restricted myself to the ones that matter the most.
- You have to want to become one
- Some one should be willing to hire you as one
- Ask yourself the questions below:
- Do you understand business activities well specific to your industry as well as generically ?
- Are you good at numbers, budgets, reconciliations, metrics ?
- Can you confidently present in a management group meeting without being tongue-tied ?
- Do people within your team and your users trust you ?
- Can you negotiate well with a vendor or a user ?
- Are you able to resolve conflict ?
- Are you able to hold your head high and have a disagreement with your boss without getting beaten up ?
- Can you talk in a language that non-IT folks can understand ?
- Are you able to deliver results as promised ?
If the answer to any of the questions above is NO, then work upon making it a yes. If you get more than 2 NO, then you are not yet ready.
If you got all YES and are not yet a CIO, then go to point 1 and 2. The only other reason can be you are a consultant.
Update: After being asked the question umpteen times by readers, I wrote the sequel to this piece, How to become a CIO - Part 2