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Q: Where do CIOs report in the typical enterprise organization? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Where do CIOs report in the typical enterprise organization?
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Asked by: chipster007-ga
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Posted: 29 Sep 2005 07:33 PDT
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Question ID: 574188
For US companies with over $1B in annual revenue what percent of CIOs report
to the CEO, CFO, COO, or other executive?
Subject: Re: Where do CIOs report in the typical enterprise organization?
Answered By: omnivorous-ga on 29 Sep 2005 09:05 PDT
Chipster007 ?

An excellent source for information on chief information officers or
CIOs is, the website for the bi-weekly magazine.  They
consistently research organizational topics and this is one of them.

For the past 7 or 8 years, studies have consistently shown that CIOs
report to the top executive (chief executive officer or chief
operating officer) in more than 60% of the cases.  The most-recent
survey was in 2002 and it showed these reporting relationships --

CEO: 51%
COO: 12%
CFO: 11%
Other: 26%
?Executive Relationships? (Field, Mar. 1, 2002)

The studies done in 1998 and 2002 were consistent in having
more than 60 percent reporting to either the CEO or COO, though they
noted in 1998 that ?a decade ago, the majority of CIOs reported to the
chief financial officer. Those early years were tough for CIOs, and
their experiences left their peers with a distinct aversion toward
reporting to the top finance executive.?

?The Realm of Possibilities,? (Paul, July 15, 1998)

Note that the reporting structure varies highly by country:

?State of the CIO Around the World,? (May 1, 2005)

Google search strategy:
Search, the website for the monthly magazine using the term:
?reporting relationship?

Best regards,


Request for Answer Clarification by chipster007-ga on 29 Sep 2005 13:55 PDT
Are there any other sources that triangulate on this question--perhaps
more recent surveys?  Thanks

Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 29 Sep 2005 16:49 PDT
Chipster007 ?

Some of the research was done in conjunction with Gartner
Group, a well-known IT market research company.

Also well-respected is Forrester Research, which has done an excellent
study that gives percentages by company size (they use number of
employees rather than revenues) and by industry.  One important point
that they note is that companies with a reporting relationship to the
CEO tend to spend more (4.8% of revenues) than those where the CIO
reports to CFO (3.3% of revenues):

Forrester Research
?Where Should the CIO Report?? (Cecere and Liddell, Feb. 28, 2005) documents/0,7211,36314,00.pdf

At the largest companies (20,000+), the breakdown is :

CEO: 41%
CFO: 22%
President/COO: 23%
Senior exec in other business unit: 8%
Other: 6%
Board of directors/owner: 0%


There are a couple of other interesting studies that aren?t with large
corporations but with hospitals and with 27 major federal agencies. 
Still, you may find they make a contribution.

The first is a study completed this year of hospital CIOs by First
Consulting Group and the College of Healthcare Information Management
Executives (CHIME) has the following reporting relationships for the

CEO: 29%
COO or CMO (Chief Medical Officer): 20%
CFO: 37%
Other: 14%

FCG Consulting
?IT and Quality Improvement: What?s the Missing Link?? (May, 2005)


The General Accounting Office study, done last year, looked at 27 U.S.
government agencies and found that 19 or 70% of the agencies had their
CIO reporting to the head of the agency.  ?In the other 8 agencies,
the CIOs stated that they reported to another senior official, such as
a deputy secretary, under secretary or assistant secretary.?

Interestingly, David Powner, who is director of Information Management
Technology Issues at GAO, says, ?Federal law ? as well as our guide
based on leading private-sector organizations ? generally calls for
CIOs to report to their agency heads.?

?Responsibilities, Reporting Relationships, Tenure and Challenges of
Agency CIOs,? (Powner, July 21, 2004)

Best regards,

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