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About Sagar Anisingaraju

mmAs Saama’s Chief Strategy Officer, Sagar Anisingaraju creates strategic initiatives that lead Saama into emerging business areas and products with competitive differentiation. Sagar was recognized by PM360 in 2019 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the Healthcare Industry" for his expertise as a strategist. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management published a case study on the transformation journey that Sagar led for its MBA class of 2018. Sagar was also recognized as the Chief Strategy Officer of the Year in 2013 by Innovation Enterprise.

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Sagar, I agree with you that the divide between It (capital I) and the business exists, and that the responsibility to address it sits squarely on the shoulders of the CIO.

The one reason is that CIOs do not manage information properly as an organisational resource, as does the C-level executives in charge of finances, HR and sales. How many CIOs have information dashboards? See this blog post for examples of the aspects that should be measured:

Secondly, at this day and age too may CIOs are still responsible for Technology too. That should be allocated to a technically oriented CTO (the traditional domain of iT). Information as a business resource should have a business focus, and the CIO should manage it to the extent that information contributes directly to the bottom line. To do that, the most important requirements is that the CIO must understand what information can and should mean to the business.

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