How Technology is Inspiring a New Breed of CIO in Manufacturing – Part 1 of a 5 Part Series

Introduction – Executive SummaryThe office of the CIO, first proposed in 1980, has finally come of age.

But why has it taken so long, and what particular demands does modern manufacturing place on those in the vanguard of re-imagining technology’s role?  In this executive briefing, we examine the role of the Chief Information Officer, touching briefly on the key steps of what should be their journey from the computer suite to the boardroom.  Over five sections, we look at Improvers, Transformers and Inspirers, mapping their skills, talents and experience against the needs of industry.  We discuss the place and purpose of technology in the fiercely competitive global market.  Lastly, we propose a 5-point plan to help the business meet its goals–and to help the CIO mature into a new form of business leader.

Cre8tive Technology & Design ( will be posting a five part series on How Technology is Inspiring a New Breed of CIO in Manufacturing

Cheif Information Officer

Part One – The Rise of the Modern CIO

Things happen fast in tech. New technologies, models, processes and roles emerge in months–and get superseded just as quickly.

Why, then, has the genesis of the modern CIO been such a long–and at times, painful–process?

The first reference to a CIO was in 1980 at the Information Management Exposition and Conference:   “The manager of information systems in the 1980s has to be Superman—retaining his technology cap, but doffing the technical suit for a business suit and becoming one of the chief executives of the firm.  The job of chief information officer does not exist today, but the CIO will identify, collect, and manage information as a resource, set corporate information policy, and affect all office and distributed systems.”

William Synott, Senior Vice President of the First National Bank of Boston, was very much ahead of his time.  For the next twenty years, technology remained the CIO’s primary responsibility.  Innovation drove greater throughput, more complex infrastructure, and faster adoption.  There was little understanding of the wider commercial considerations.

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