Just read this today:
Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government
This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced ICT professional to influence a major change programme, to provide guidance and leadership at the executive level across the entire IT spectrum, and to take responsibility for the development of the ICT strategy for Government and the wider public service.
Reporting to the Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, this position will hold ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction of technology in support of the wider mission and strategic change objectives in the Public Sector. The successful candidate will lead the CIO Council and will drive the implementation of the eGovernment and Cloud Computing strategies.
The successful candidate will have experience of developing technology strategy and delivery of leading edge large scale ICT solutions in a complex environment.
This is a five year fixed-term contract.
Will be interesting to see ho this role evolves/ develops…’driving the implementation of eGovernment and Cloud Computing strategies’.
The Irish Government has demonstrated to potential of IT through initiatives such as ROS – supporting/ driving self assessment, cash collection. process automation. And yet it continues to be burdened by a number of inefficient processes and barriers to change.
I have commented previously on my reservations about the CIO role in industry – because of what is expected. These challenges will be no less in public life. I commend ‘the Real Business of IT – How CIOs Create and Communicate Value’ (Hunter & Westerman) to the successful applicant. The CIO will need a Minister (and Ministers) committed to leveraging IT and making the changes. Ultimately the realisation of the benefits of eGovernment and cloud strategies should be another measure of the success or failure of government leadership. The CIO has the potential to assist Government in succeeding.