The big data era is changing the role of the CIO

Posted by Justin Hesser on June 4, 2013

The Chief Information Officer's role is changing in the era of big data. While these executives will still be relied upon to manage business technology and information systems, the way businesses as a whole are using their information is shifting, which means the CIO has to adjust his or her own responsibilities accordingly.

This has become an even bigger issue recently as technology has evolved to a point where many systems don't necessarily require management from an executive. Cloud computing, for example, is typically managed by a third party provider and many other solutions are self sufficient and streamlined, which has led some analysts to question exactly what the CIO does now. 

An article in the online publication Smart Data Collective suggests the CIO has an opportunity now to adjust his or her title as he or she become less about managing systems and more about evaluating the data collected in these systems.

"The best way Chief Information Officers (or CIOs) can regain past glory of their role is to adopt and grow with changing technology and evolve to become Chief Insights Officers," the article says.

But making these key insights to benefit the organization requires help. If the CIO is to be relied on to evaluate company data and make smart decisions based on its contents, there must be a system in place to cater to this need. FileMaker development can help build custom database software systems that give users easy access to information. The CIO will be able to use this information to better his or her own responsibilities.