Clarification of Answer by
29 Sep 2005 16:49 PDT
Some of the CIO.com 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):
?Where Should the CIO Report?? (Cecere and Liddell, Feb. 28, 2005)
At the largest companies (20,000+), the breakdown is :
Senior exec in other business unit: 8%
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
COO or CMO (Chief Medical Officer): 20%
?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)