August 06, 2012

Two intriguing ideas I heard in the past week:

One, a CIO should focus on running the company first, and on running IT second.

Two, swapping CIOs--or executives in any position--can be a virtue in itself, because the change brings in new ideas and thinking.

Those are my characterizations, and they're surely oversimplications. But they're ideas that I took away from talking with two executives, Paul Heller and John Marcante, about a recent executive shuffle at Vanguard, the mutual fund company.

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Chris Murphy is editor of InformationWeek magazine and Global CIO columnist on IT strategy issues. He has been covering technology leadership and strategy issues for InformationWeek since 1999. Before that, he ...